Treasurer and Income Tax Department

News and Important Updates – COVID-19

 IMPORTANT MESSAGE:

Office hours are Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm Lobby 

8:30-4:30 Office

 We want you to know that the City of Lorain is taking every possible precaution to protect the health and safety of its employees and taxpayers while continuing to deliver high quality service.

 Income Tax Filing Deadline & Payment Plans - The deadline for filing income tax returns is MAY 17, 2021 due to the Federal Extension. We do encourage ALL taxpayers to still file their income tax return as soon as possible.  Various payment plans will be made available. The 1st quarterly estimate for tax year 2021 are due and payable by May 17, 2021. Check back to this page for further information.

File EARLY so you don’t stand in line...

Drop Box and dropping off information, fax, and email - City of Lorain income tax forms can be prepared by our office. You MUST provide all W2's information and or completed Schedules for us to assist you. This service is for individual filers only. Please make sure to add your phone number and or email address in case we need to contact you. You may remit by Fax 440-204-1006 and or email: incometax@cityoflorain.org.

On-Line Assistance & Payment - Lorain offers a secure, simple and convenient online service which allows you to make payments at www.cityoflorain.org, click to make a payment. (File numbers are located on your income tax form, office communications, bills, and quarterly estimates).  Our balance due bill is a standard letter and is not written for each individual.  Please call the office @440-204-1002 and we will be happy to help you understand your bill or do not know your file #, email: incometax@cityoflorain.org.

Thank You 

                         City of Lorain Income Tax Department

605 W. 4th Street Lorain OH 44052 Phone: 440-204-1002 Fax: 440-204-1006

Lobby Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Mission Statement

* To administrate and collect taxes on behalf of the City of Lorain as directed by the city ordinance efficiently and accurately

* To provide a high level of service while maintaining the highest level of confidentiality

The City of Lorain Income Tax returns are due by May 17, 2021.

Please bring all W-2 forms, applicable 1099, Federal Schedules and 1st page of Federal return.

The payment deadline for 1st quarter estimated payments are also due May 17, 2021.

 We accept all forms of payment checks (payable Lorain Department of Taxation) credit card ($4.00 processing fee) and cash.

                            

Declaration of Estimated Tax

Declaration of Estimated Tax –Chapter 192.07(B)(1) Every taxpayer shall make a declaration of estimated taxes for the current taxable year, on the form prescribed by the Tax Administrator, if the amount payable as estimated taxes is a least $199.99 dollars.

Estimates for the current year are billed quarterly, with the exception of the first quarter—which is due to be paid with your tax return by the April filing deadline. The remaining three quarters are due by June 15th, September 15th, and January 15th. If you wish to pay your full estimate at once, you may do so. Estimated tax payments are required by the City of Lorain if the tax liability exceeds $199.99. Residents are responsible to make all quarterly payments by the due date regardless if you receive a estimated bill. 

2021 due dates for declaration of estimated tax per our Codified Ordinance 192.07 (Source: ORC 718.08) will be the following:

1st  quarter is due May 17, 2021

2nd quarter is June 15, 2021

3rd quarter is due September 15, 2021

4th quarter is due January 17th, 2022

Non-payment of estimated taxes may result in penalty and interest being charged. Our office may have extended hours until 6 p.m. on these dates.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions that you might have about your estimated tax status  at (440) 204-1002.

 A email reminder will be sent to the residents in which we have their email address on file. You may contact us at incometax@cityoflorain.org to give us your information.


Important Income Tax Notice

Pursuant to the passage of Amended Substitute House Bill 5 in December, 2014, new State mandated municipal income tax guidelines have been established, effective with tax years beginning January 1, 2016. Chapter 718 of the Ohio Revised Code can be found online. Please reference this document to determine how the new, State mandated, changes affect your municipal taxable income. Important information on Paper and Electronic Media W-2 Reporting Requirements online.

Online Payments

We accept online Income Tax payments only. (We do not accept Utility payments/ County property tax payments.) Your balance due will not be available until your return has been processed.  Balances are current as of 10/18/2021.  Please click on the link below:

www.xpress-pay.com/billSelect.asp 

Please make sure you have your File # when accessing the online payments.  If you are unable to process a payment using this procedure, it may be because your account has not been initiated in our system or he account has been turned over to our collection agency.

We accept the following types of payments:

Checks, Money orders, Cash, Credit cards (VISA, MASTERCARD,DISCOVER,AMERICAN EXPRESS)


The City of Lorain Does Not Accept Electronically Filed Tax Returns. If you use an online program for your Federal and State returns any city return prepared by the program is not received by Lorain.

On December 27, 2016 at a special call meeting, legislation was passed to reduce our tax credit. Our rate is still 2.50% for 2017 but our credit for working outside Lorain has changed. We now only give credit up to 2% of other city withholding. That means anyone whom works in a city where the tax withheld is more than 2% will only get 2% of that amount credited to them. This change will not affect your 2016 tax return that is due April 18, 2017.

Tax Rate

  • Lorain’s tax rate is 2.5% (effective January 1, 2013)

Tax Credit

  • Prior to January 1, 2017 tax credit is 100% up to 2.5%
  • Effective January 1, 2017 tax credit allowed is 2.0% given for taxes paid to other cities


Ohio Business Gateway

Employers have the option of making Lorain city withholding tax reports  and payments via the Ohio Business Gateway. For more information, please visit the Ohio Business Gateway’s website or contact our office at 440-204-1002.

Contact information for collections

Schuerger Law Group
1001 Kingsmill Parkway
Columbus, Oh 43229
(855)277-7798

or

Keith Weiner & Associates
1100 Superior Ave East Suite 1100
Cleveland, Oh 44114
(866)368-6500 or (216)771-6500

City of Cleveland Central Collection Agency (CCA)

The City of Lorain Income Tax Department has entered into a contract with the City of Cleveland Central Collection Agency (CCA) to use federal income tax information to identify potential taxpayers for the City of Lorain.  CCA will be mailing letters to taxpayers in a green envelope on CCA letterhead.  If you receive a letter, you will need to follow the directions and/or contact CCA with any questions.

Please do not ignore this letter; this is a valid attempt to identify if you should be filing tax returns with the City of Lorain Income Tax Department.