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All resident individuals 18 years of age and over, non-residents who own rental property or conduct business in Lorain, and resident and non-resident businesses that operate or have an office within the city limits must file a City of Lorain tax return, even if no income is earned or no tax is due.
Acceptable forms of payment include cash, check, money order, debit card and credit card. You may pay in person during regular business hours, by mail, on-line www.cityoflorain.org or over the phone.
The lobby hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
The Income Tax Department is located at 605 W. 4th St. Lorain, OH 44052. The Income Tax Department's phone number is (440) 204-1002. The Income Tax Department's fax number is (440) 204-1006. The Income Tax Department's email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes. Retirees and disabled individuals with no taxable income will need to file an exemption certificate and supply the Income Tax Department with a copy of their annual benefits statement.
Yes. The tax collected by the City of Lorain is based on income and residency status, not on property ownership.
Lorain's tax rate is 2.5%.
Residents receive a credit up to 2.00% for taxes paid to other cities.
The due date matches the Federal tax filing due date for individuals and businesses.
Yes. Auditors from the Income Tax Department are available to prepare your INDIVIDUAL tax return for you free of charge. No appointment is necessary.
Yes, on winnings over $600.00.
Yes, you should file your return by the due date whether or not you are able to pay the amount of tax that you owe. You will receive a bill for unpaid taxes along with the late payment penalty of 15% and .50% (federal rate) per month interest. You may call (440) 204-1002 to arrange for payment of the charges shown on the bill.
No. The Lorain County property tax office is located in the Adminstration Building in downtown Elyria. Their address is 226 Middle Ave Elyria, OH 44035. Their phone number is (440) 329-5787.
Because income is taxed first where it is earned, if your wage were earned in Lorain you would owe Lorain tax on that basis and would not be due a refund merely because you live in Columbus (or any other municipality). If your employer's office location is in Lorain but you worked all or part of your time outside Lorain, you would be due a refund of all or part of your Lorain tax which you can claim by filing an individual refund form for days out of the city. In this situation, the wages you claimed as having earned outside of Lorain would be subject to Columbus (or any other municipality) tax. An employer's certification is required with all requests for a refund of tax withheld on wages claimed as having been earned outside of Lorain.
Yes. On the reminder notices sent for the second, third and fourth quarters, there is a box to amend your yearly estimate.
You must file as annual tax return by IRS due date each year. As part of your annual tax return, a declaration of estimate may be required, when your tax liability to the City of Lorain exceeds two hundred dollars ($200.00). The first estimate should be paid with the annual tax return. Subsequent payments are due June 15th, Sept. 15th and Dec. 15 of the current year. If no estimate payments are made, then a penalty will be assessed at the time of filing, on the amount of tax due.
Yes, if this permanent residence, even if you do not domicile there. Permanent residence is established by where you maintain your driver’s license, voter registration and file your federal and state tax returns.
Lorain resident is taxed upon his/her share of all income earned by partnerships (wherever located) in which he/she is a partner. However, the credit allowed by the City of Lorain is given for all city income tax that was paid to the city or cities in which the income was earned, whether the partnership as an entity or you as an individual partner paid in tax.
Yes, anyone conducting a business in Lorain must file as annual return and report the net profits or net losses of said business. The leasing of real or tangible property (i.e., income from rental property) that you own is considered a taxable business activity that must be reported.
No, but forms are easily downloaded from the city website www.cityoflorain.org. Residents can then either mail the forms back with all W2’s, Schedules, front page of Federal 1040 attached along with payment (if applicable).
No, a husband and wife, in any taxable year, may elect to file separate or joint city returns, regardless of their federal or state filing status. However, there is no advantage to filing separate at the local level.
No. Any inquiries regarding Federal or State taxes should be directed to either the IRS or the State of Ohio, respectively.
You can pay your water bill at the Utilities Administrative offices at 1106 1st Street. Drugmart will also accept blue bill payments for their customers but please advised that they mail in their payments to the Utilities office. Payments may be made online or by phone at 440-204-2500 option 2. For more information, contact us at 440-204-2501.
Customers who purchase property in Lorain or Amherst township need to come into the billing office located at 1106 First Street, Lorain. A photo identification, proof of purchase (settlement statement, purchase agreement, etc), and a point of inspection from the Building Department is needed when signing up. For more information, contact us at 440-204-2501.
Most high water bills are caused by service line leaks, faucet or toilet leaks, or outside use greater than previous years due to hotter or dryer weather. There is a leak indicator on the head of the meter. Also, taking meter readings over a time period when no water should be used, can indicate a water leak. The meter readings can only move when water has passed through the meter. For more information, contact us at 440-204-2501.
Contact 440-204-2285 to report a water main break.
The water service is the pipe which begins with the connection to the water main in the city right-of-way and comes into your property. This service line has two valves on it to allow your water to be turned on or off. The first valve, called a curb stop, is generally located near the property line and is normally housed by a cylinder with a cap on it called a curb box or stop box. The other valve is located in your home next to the water meter. Other valves may be near plumbing fixtures in your home such as sinks and toilets.
Repairs to anything on the service other than the meter, is the responsibility of the property owner. Keeping the valve at the meter in good working condition will assure that you will be able to turn your water off in an emergency, such as a water pipe break. If this valve at the meter does not work in an emergency, call 440-204-2500 so that Utilities Department can shut your water off at the stop box, which requires a stop box key. Only the City of Lorain Utilities Department may turn off the shut off valve.
Due to the development of increasingly more sensitive scientific instruments, it is possible to measure water characteristics in precise and minute quantities that previously went undetected. The Water Quality Report shows measurements in parts per million, which is equivalent to milligrams per liter, and parts per billion, which is the same as micrograms per liter. To put these measurements into perspective, consider that one part per million, in time, would be one second out of 11 1/2 days. One part per billion translates into just one second in nearly 33 years. For more information, contact us at 440-204-2501.
The Water Department's Water Quality Laboratory uses the latest technology to ensure the highest test accuracy at the lowest possible cost. Our testing can determine minuscule quantities of contaminates in water and we are constantly studying ways to improve our testing capabilities. For more information, contact us at 440-204-2501.