Income Tax Department
Amherst Codified Ordinances (see chapter 191 for Income Tax Ordinance)
City of Amherst income tax returns or requests for an extension to file are due on April 15, 2014.
The tax office is located in the San Spring building at 480 Park Avenue. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Returns can be prepared in the office, free of charge. They can also be prepared using the fillable PDF. Please note that the fillable pdf may not open correctly in some browsers. You must use Adobe Reader to access this fillable pdf and you must see the tax year 2013 at the top to be able to use this form correctly. If you cannot get the fillable PDF to work properly, you may wish to download it (right click and do save as) to your desktop and force it to open with Adobe Reader. The online tax calculator will not be available this year. Please contact the tax office if you have any questions.
The tax office will be open extended hours on the following dates:
General Income Tax Information
The city of Amherst, Ohio has mandatory income tax filing. The tax rate, in effect since 1991, is 1.5% with a 1% credit given for taxes paid to other cities per Amherst Codified Ordinance 191.16. One percent of the total tax rate is used for general fund expenses. The remaining one-half percent is divided equally between the general fund and the street improvement fund.
In January, tax forms are mailed to every Amherst resident who is on file with our office. While every effort is made to mail a tax form to all taxpayers required to file, it is the taxpayer’s responsibility to obtain a form. The tax forms can be obtained in the tax office any time during business hours or from the Amherst Public Library during the months of February, March and April. They can also be obtained at the links listed below.
Upon request, our office will calculate your individual Amherst city tax forms for you free of charge. Estimated payments are accepted, but are not mandatory. They can be set up at the time of filing, or at any time by informing the tax office.
The city of Amherst will honor federal extensions. If you file an extension, please inform the tax office in writing by the original due date. Failure to request an extension before the original due date will result in a $25.00 late filing penalty. Interest will accrue on any tax due unless estimated payments were made and paid in full.
The income tax office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please feel free to call our office. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
Tax Forms for Individuals & Business:
Please note that the fillable pdf may not open correctly in some browsers. You must use Adobe Reader to access this fillable pdf and you must see the tax year 2013 at the top to be able to use this form correctly.
Forms of Payment Accepted
The tax office will accept personal checks, money orders, cash, ACH payments (see form above) and Visa, Master Card, or Discover Card in the office. Credit cards and ACH payments can also be made on the internet using the U S Bank payment system.