Income Tax

Lancaster City Income Tax Returns can be prepared in our office by appointment. Please call 740-687-6606 to schedule an appointment.


The 2019 Lancaster City Income Tax Return filing and payment date has been extended to July 15, 2020. The 2020 1st and 2nd quarter estimated payments have also been extended to July 15, 2020. 


As of 03/12/2020 the Online Tax Tool for e-filing is available for individual filers. You will need your Lancaster City tax account number to create your WEB Login. You can call our office at 740-687-6606 to verify your account number or request an account number for new tax filers.

**For all taxpayers e-filing their return please be sure to attach W-2's and Federal Schedules. That information can be uploaded into the Tax Tool or mailed to our office. Please be aware that your filing is NOT complete until this documentation is submitted.**

Beginning 01/01/2020 Tax Preparers will not be able to electronically file the Lancaster City Income Tax Return.

Withholding payments can be remitted via our Tax Tool, mailed, submitted through GOVPAYNET with a credit card or use the Ohio Business Gateway.

The City of Lancaster will now accept electronic filing of year-end W-2 and reconciliation information. Employer must use the SSA format that includes local tax information.


Mission Statement

It is our mission to collect funds required by the city income tax ordinance that will be used for city operations and services that are paid from the general fund.

Department Objectives

  • To maximize collections legally due to the city under its income tax ordinance.
  • To provide quality customer service to all taxpayers and their tax preparers.
  • To carry out the tax collection process in a cost-effective manner.
  • To maintain an environment of equity and fairness to all taxpayers in the collection of taxes.


Paying Income Tax with a Credit Card

Click the image below to access credit card payment feature.
Income Tax Online Payments

Federal short-term rate for 2019 is 7%

Federal short-term rate for 2017 & 2018 is 6%