2021 Filing Season Information
Forms available: Individual, corporate, and employer filing forms and instructions are available in the Forms section of the Income Tax Division website. The City of Columbus Income Tax Division uses Adobe fillable PDF forms. Most browsers can display the PDF, but the fillable features will be disabled. To use the forms provided by the City of Columbus Income Tax Division, we recommend you download the forms and open them using the newest version of Acrobat Reader.
Filing deadlines: The filing due date for
2020 individual returns has been extended to May 17, 2021. Deadlines for
business returns, employer withholding, and first quarter payments of estimated
tax did not change. The deadline for individual and business returns filing on
extension has not changed and remains October 15, 2021. FAQs will be posted to
the Division's website soon.
Penalty and interest rates: Effective January 1st, 2021, the penalty rate for late payment of taxes is 15%. Employer withholding payments not received timely will be subject to a penalty rate of 50%. The interest rate for tax year 2021 is 5%.
Annual Newsletter: The Income Tax Division's annual newsletter provides information on federal tax law updates and their impact to City returns, changes within the Division, and filing information. Check out this year's newsletter here.
Where's my refund?: Information regarding refund processing can be found here.
Working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic: Ohio
House Bill 197, amended by Ohio House Bill 110, instituted temporary language stating that on and after March 9, 2020, but before January 1, 2022, any day on which an
employee performs personal services at a location, including the employee's
home, which the employee is required to report for employment duties because of
the declaration shall be deemed to be a day performing personal services at the
employee's principal place of work. Furthermore, for tax year 2020, this provision applies to both an employer's tax withholding obligations and an employee's actual tax liability. As such, the Columbus Division of Income
Tax will not grant refund requests for withholding paid to Columbus during tax year 2020 in
accordance with C.C.C. 362.011 and Ohio H.B. 197, section 29 as amended by Ohio H.B. 110.
Drop-off preparation services available: Our team of experienced auditors are happy to help taxpayers file their City of Columbus return. Taxpayers can drop off returns for our team to prepare at the following address:
- Address: 77 N Front Street, Columbus OH 43215
- Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
- Parking: Free parking for those conducting business with our office is available in the City parking garage at 141 N Front Street, just north of the Michael B. Coleman Government Center.
- What to bring:
- Copies of W-2’s from all employers
- Copies of any 1099 forms receive
- Copy of Federal 1040 Pages 1 and 2; any attached schedules (e.g. Schedules C, E, or F)