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Income Tax

The Pickerington Income Tax Department is responsible for collecting the City's largest revenue source, which provides funding for many City services and programs.  The Income Tax Department is committed to assisting our taxpayers in a fair and friendly manner.

General Information

The City of Pickerington imposes an income tax to provide support for City programs and services including, but not limited to, 24-hour police protection, annual street resurfacing and other major roadway improvements, snow removal, park programs and facilities, the Pickerington-Violet Historical Society, and the Senior Center.  The City of Pickerington levies a tax on salaries, wages, commissions and other compensation as provided in Chapter 882 of the Codified Ordinances of Pickerington.

The City of Pickerington has a tax rate of 1% of qualifying wages.  An off-setting credit is allowed for one-half of one percent (0.5%) of wages taxed by another city. A W-2 supporting the credit to another city is required upon filing.  The City requires mandatory, annual filing of income tax returns.  All residents 18 years of age and older, and all businesses within the City, are required to file a return no later than April 15 (or 3 ½ months following the end of their fiscal year) regardless of whether or not a tax is due.  If the resident is employed outside of the City of Pickerington and the employer does not withhold Pickerington tax, it is the responsibility of the resident to file and pay quarterly estimates on the wages he or she anticipates earning for the current year.  Failure to do so may result in a penalty assessment. 

Late Fee, Penalty, and Interest Changes for Tax Year 2016 and Beyond

State law changed the way municipalities must charge penalty and interest on tax returns beginning 1/1/16.  The following fees are now in effect:

  • Late Filing Fee: $25/month up to $150.  This fee will be charged even if no tax is owed on your return.  Pickerington is a mandatory file city, and all residents over the age of 18 must file a tax return by April 17, 2018, or October 15 if an extension is granted.
  • Underpayment penalty: 15% of balance owed.
  • Interest: Federal short term rate plus 5%. For tax year 2017, the interest rate is 6%.

Please contact the tax department with any questions regarding these charges.

Withholding Due Dates for Employers

Semi-monthly: Due within three (3) business days after the fifteenth and the last day of each month

Monthly: Due by the fifteenth of the following month

Quarterly: Due by the last day of the month following the end of each quarter

Each employer located within or doing business within the City of Pickerington is required to withhold city income tax from all compensation paid to their employees age 18 and over.

How to File a Tax Return without a Form W-2 

If you no longer have a copy of your W-2 form that you need in order to file a past year tax return, please follow these steps to learn what options you have to obtain the needed W-2.

Attorney General to Collect Delinquent Tax Balances

Effective March 19, 2013, the City of Pickerington entered into an agreement with the Ohio Attorney General for collection of delinquent income tax balances.  If your account is delinquent and you receive communication from the Attorney General's office, you must contact the Local Government Collections Team directly at 888-871-8838.  Staff at the City of Pickerington will not be able to assist you in resolving this debt.

Attention: ACH Payments

Effective January 1, 2013, the City of Pickerington is transitioning to a new method of accepting ACH payments.  Before an ACH payment can be made in 2013, you must call the Tax Department at 614-837-4116 or submit an ACH Authorization Form.  After the form has been submitted, log in to your account via our online account access.  Select ACH Debit from the menu options and process your payment.  Please note that the authorization form only needs completed one time before making the first payment.

Electronic Filing and Online Account Access

The Pickerington Tax Department now offers improved account access for residents and businesses.  Taxpayers may log in to their account for real-time information of balances and payments made, to make credit card or ACH payments, and e-file tax returns with a new e-filing program.  Taxpayers can access the online account options at Tax Connect.          

*Please note that Paymentus charges a 2.85% service fee for paying bills using this service. 

Interest Rates

Beginning with tax year 2016, the interest rate is the Federal short-term rate, rounded to the nearest whole number, plus 5%.

Tax Year 2015 and prior: 18%

Tax Year 2016: 5%

Tax Year 2017: 6%