Tax Information

Property Taxes

Property taxes are billed and collected by the county auditor. The City of Canal Winchester is located within Franklin and Fairfield counties. Please contact the appropriate county auditor with any questions related to property tax rates, bills, or collection.

City Income Taxes

The City of Canal Winchester has a 2% income tax rate. This rate applies to individuals who work in the city as well as individuals who live in the city and work outside the city.

EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019 - The City of Canal Winchester income tax will be collected by the Regional Income Tax Agency (R.I.T.A.) beginning January 1, 2019. Any income tax collections must be remitted to R.I.T.A. as of this date regardless of the period in which the taxes cover. Taxes for 2018 or prior years should be sent to R.I.T.A. Information regarding R.I.T.A. can be found on their website at www.RITAOhio.com.

An information letter was sent to all previous tax filers in January 2019. To view a copy of the letter, please click here.

Mandatory Filing Requirement

All residents and tax payers are required to file an annual tax return with R.I.T.A. even if no tax is due. Online filing and printable forms are available on the R.I.T.A. website. Please note that online filing may not be available currently as the conversion from the previous administrator is completed. Paper forms are available for those wishing to file prior to the opening of online filing. 

Interest Rate Notice for Tax Years 2018 and 2019

The interest rate on unpaid taxes for tax year beginning January 1, 2019 will be 7% per annum. The rate for tax year beginning January 1, 2018 will be 6% per annum.

Ohio Revised Code Section 718.27 requires municipalities set the interest rate for delinquent unpaid tax liabilities at the federal short-term rate (rounded to the nearest whole number percent) plus 5 percent (5%). Interest shall be imposed per annum on all unpaid income tax, unpaid estimated income tax, and unpaid income tax withholding tax. The interest rate shall apply to the calendar year following the July of the year in which the federal short-term rate is determined. The interest rate must be posted by October 31st of each year.

The interest rate on unpaid taxes for tax years prior to 2016 will remain 18% per annum.

School District Income Taxes

There are two school districts located within the City of Canal Winchester.

Canal Winchester Local School District (2502) – 0.75%

Bloom-Carroll Local School District (2303) – 1.25%

School district income taxes are administered by the State of Ohio Department of Taxation. For more information regarding school district income taxes, please contact the individual district, call 1-800-282-1780, or visit www.tax.ohio.gov.