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Millersburg tax guidelines updated

Published: April 8, 2017 5:00 AM

MILLERSBURG -- New income tax guidelines are in effect starting with the 2016 tax year to comply with House Bill 5. The entire tax code may be viewed on the village website at www.millersburgohio.com. Please be aware that it is mandatory for Millersburg residents 18 years of age or older to file a tax return, regardless if there is tax due or not. Exemptions from filing are: those younger than 18; those whose only source of income is from Social Security; anyone with retirement/pension income, interest, annuities, disability, unemployment, etc. (See the complete list in Chapter 181.03(11) of the Millersburg Tax Code).

Resident/Business Tax Returns: Due date for 2016 is April 18, 2017. Some of the more notable changes that residents and businesses should be aware of are the Penalties; Interest; Fees and Charges (Section 181.10). Prior to 2016, interest of 1.5 percent and a penalty of 1.5 percent, accrued monthly on any unpaid tax balance after the due date. The new tax code (starting with 2016) as mandated by HB5, provides that interest is now calculated by using the Federal Short Term rate plus 5 percent per month on unpaid balances. The penalty is now a one-time fee of 15 percent of the unpaid balance after the due date. For tax returns not timely filed (unless an approved extension has been filed with the village) there is now a $25 fee for each month the return is past the due date, up to a maximum of $150. Tax payments are not required for amounts $10 or less (return is still required). Refunds are not issued for amounts of $10 or less.

Anyone under the age of 18 who applies for a refund of Millersburg tax withheld must provide proof of age.

Any questions regarding the local tax may be directed to: Karen Shaffer, 330-674-6891 or karen.shaffer@millersburgohio.com.


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