Finance Director: Traci R. Welch
Tax Specialist: Trisha L. Patton
Finance Clerk: Cathy Terry
Phone: (440) 992-7104
FAX: (440) 992-7556
Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30am – 4:00pm – Closed on Federal Holidays
The City of Ashtabula Tax Department follows the State of Ohio in setting tax filing and payment deadlines. In line with the State of Ohio, the 2019 City Municipal Tax filing deadline is automatically extended to July 15, 2020; however, the department does encourage you to file by April 15th if possible. The 2020 estimated payment deadline (due April 15th) has also been extended to July 15, 2020. Interest and penalties on 2019 balances are also waived through July 15, 2020.
Drop-off return preparation available effective immediately
As the public health guidance surrounding COVID-19 evolves, we are adapting our operations in order to continue to serve taxpayers.
Accordingly, beginning March 16 and until further notice, we will be offering a drop-off return preparation service in lieu of our typical walk-in service. If you need assistance with your City of Ashtabula return, you can drop off your tax information at our SEWER DROP BOX located in the rear of our building. Our team will then prepare your return, contact you with results, and mail a copy of the prepared return for your records. This service remains free of charge.
The City Tax Department is located on the second floor of City Hall, 4717 Main Ave., Ashtabula, Ohio 44004 (Key Bank building).
We Accept the following payment methods:
MASTERCARD, VISA, DISCOVER, AMERICAN EXPRESS & CHECKS ACCEPTED
All Residents over 18 must file a tax return, even when no tax is due.
Schedule C or Schedule E losses CANNOT offset W2 income. Copies of any schedule must be attached to the return for it to be processed.
A balance due of under $10.00 does not need to be remitted. No amounts $10.00 and under will be refunded.
As long as documentation of all income is provided, we do accept generic forms.
The City of Ashtabula’s Tax Rate is 1.8%. The City allows a 50% tax credit of up to .9% on other City withholding taxes paid.
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Federal Extension Information
An extension may be requested by any business or individual unable to complete their tax return by the deadline. IRS extension forms are available on the IRS website www.irs.gov.
Beginning with tax year 2016, obtaining a federal extension will automatically extend your City of Ashtabula due date to the approved federal due date (usually October 15th). However, the federal government does not share information with the City of Ashtabula, so it is strongly recommended that a copy of the federal extension form be attached to the extended return when filed.
An extension of time to file is NOT an extension of time to pay. Payment of any balance due must accompany a request for extension to file. Penalty and interest are charged for late payment of taxes. See chapter 178.10 of the Ashtabula Codified Ordinances.
INCOME TAX PENALTY AND INTEREST
By October 31 of each year, the interest rate that will apply to overdue municipal income taxes during the next calendar year will be posted herein, as required by ORC Sec. 718.27 (F).
The interest rate is calculated by adding five percentage points to the federal short-term rate (rounded to the nearest whole number percent) that was in effect during July of the current year, in accordance with ORC Sec. 718.27 (A)(5).
Based on these requirements, the applicable interest rate is as follows:
Late Payment – 15% of the amount not timely paid. Late Filing – 25.00 per month (or fraction thereof) up to $150.00
Late Withholding Payment – 50% of the amount not timely paid.
Joint Economic Development Districts
A joint economic development district (JEDD) is an agreement between a Township and a city (or multiple cities) provided for under the Ohio Revised Code, section 715.69 through 715.90. A JEDD contract between the parties is agreed to which provides Townships with certain City authorities such as setting speed limits, the ability to levy an income tax, and protection from annexation. A JEDD is meant to create a partnership between local jurisdictions and provide economic development to both (or all parties) in the form of revenue sharing.
City of Ashtabula/Saybrook Township-Depot Road JEDD
The Depot Road JEDD was created in April 2013. The JEDD levies a 1.8% income tax on all businesses within the boundaries.
City of Ashtabula/Saybrook Township-Route 20 JEDD
The Route 20 JEDD was created in May 2015. The JEDD levies a 1.8% income tax on all businesses within the boundaries.
City of Ashtabula/Ashtabula Township JEDD
The City of Ashtabula/Ashtabula Township JEDD was created in April 2013. The JEDD levies a 1.8% income tax on all businesses within the boundaries.