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Division of Taxation

Christy M. Golis, Commissioner

6730 Monroe St.
P: 419-885-8940
F: 419-885-3442
E-Mail: city.taxation@cityofsylvania.com
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

How We Can Help You

Our auditors are glad to help you with any tax-related needs, including preparing your return. We're available 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring your federal return and all related schedules, along with your W-2s and/or 1099s, to our office. We also have all the forms you need.

Sylvania Income Tax Code Online
Tax Information & Forms
Preparing Your Taxes
Paying Your Taxes
Frequently Asked Questions
Links to Other Resources
Refuse Fees

Tax Information

The City of Sylvania levies a tax of 1.5% on all salaries, wages, commissions and other compensation, and on net profits earned within the city, as well as on incomes of residents earned outside the city. In the latter case, Sylvania allows a credit of 100% of the tax paid to another municipality.

Employers within the city are required to withhold income tax on employee compensation and remit the tax to the city either monthly or quarterly, as required. Corporations and other individual taxpayers are required to pay their estimated tax quarterly and file a declaration annually.

Preparing Your Taxes

Complete and file your return online or on paper, whatever's easiest for you. If you need assistance or have questions at any point, feel free to call us at 419-885-8940.

Our auditors would be happy to help you complete your return; we're available 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring your federal return and all related schedules, along with your W-2s and/or 1099s, to our office.

Online Tax Preparation-click on link to use this tool.

Paying Your Taxes

Pay by Credit Card Online-click on link to use this tool.

Pay by Phone (Credit or Debit Card)

To make a tax payment by phone, call 1-800-2PayTax (1-800-272-9829). You will need this jurisdiction code - 4550.

Pay by Mail or In Person


If you're making a payment, use this address:
City of Sylvania
Division of Taxation
P.O. Box 510
Sylvania, Ohio 43560-0510

If no payment is due, use this address:
City of Sylvania
Division of Taxation
6730 Monroe St.
Sylvania, Ohio 43560

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Q: What is Sylvania's tax rate?
A: Sylvania's tax rate is 1.5%.
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Q: What is the due date for the Sylvania return?
A: The deadline for filing is April 15 or four months after the end of the fiscal year, or if it falls on a weekend, the first business day after.
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Q: I pay taxes to another city; do I receive credit for this?
A: Yes. You receive a credit up to 1.5% of the taxed wages. You can calculate your credit using this chart. If you lived and worked in another city on behalf of your employer, you can file a claim for a refund of taxes withheld while you were a nonresident.
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Q: Who must file an income tax return?
A: Resident individuals who have earned income are required to file, even when no tax is due. Non-resident individuals who earned income in Sylvania that was not subject to withholding by an employer must file. Nonresident individuals who own rental properties or conduct business in Sylvania must file, even if no tax is due. Partnerships, limited partnerships, corporations, S-corporations and associations that conduct business in Sylvania must file, even if no tax is due.
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Q: What income is not taxable?
A: Interest, dividends and capital gains (losses not deductible), military pay and alimony (payments not deductible), Social Security benefits, workers' compensation, unemployment and other government allotments, pensions and qualified retirement benefits, section 125 and 129 benefits, nonqualified pension distributions reported on a W-2, and income from patents and copyrights.
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Q: My spouse and I file individual federal and state returns. Do we have to file individually with Sylvania?
A: No. You may file jointly or individually.
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Q: I am retired, am I required to file a Sylvania tax return?
A: If your only earned income is from Social Security, pension, interest and dividends, you are not required to file. You must file a final return stating that you have retired. If you return to work, any earned income other than retirement income would be subject to tax and a return will be required.
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Q: I am attending college away from home; do I still have to file as a Sylvania resident?
A: Yes, unless you have permanently changed your address.
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Q: I am a business; do I have to withhold on my employees?
A: Any employer located within or conducting business within the Sylvania corporation limits must withhold and remit Sylvania tax. The employer should withhold tax from employees who work or perform services in Sylvania. The employer should withhold from employees who live in Sylvania, regardless of where they perform their duties, unless tax is withheld for another municipality which has a rate of 1.5% or greater. If the tax withheld is less than 1.5%, the difference should be withheld to Sylvania.
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Q: Are Employers required to file their W-2's on a disk?
A:
The Sylvania income tax office requires certain employers to file their W-2's on a disk. Federal guidelines are used to determine if an employer must file on a disk. The city requires the same information format that is required by the federal government. Please use SYLV as the local entity code.
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Q: If I file a federal extension, does that automatically extend the due date for my Sylvania return?
A:
No, you must submit a copy of your federal extension or a written request for extension to Sylvania on or before the original due date of the return.
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Q: Can I receive an extension for Sylvania even if I do not file for a federal extension?
A:
Yes. You may submit a written request including all information found on a federal extension. Businesses may also file for an extension through the Ohio Business Gateway.
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Q: If I file an extension, does my payment still have to be made by April 15?
A:
Yes. An extension only extends the amount of time that you have to file. Your payment is still due by April 15 (or the original due date of the return). Statutory interest will be charged on payments made after the original due date.
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Q: Can I e-file my return?
A:
Yes. Electronic filing for individuals is available on our website at www.cityofsylvania.com/tax#preparing.
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Q: Can your office help me prepare my return?
A:
Yes. Our auditors are glad to assist you. We are available from 8:00-4:30 Monday through Friday. Bring your federal return and all related schedules along with your W-2’s and 1099’s to our office.
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Q: I did not receive a tax return in the mail. Do I still need to file?
A:
Tax returns are no longer mailed. Instead you should have received a pressure sealed envelope containing a web address that is unique to each taxpayer. With this address you may use our online tax preparation tool to prepare your tax return, print a form with your name and address information already on it, or create a fill in form. Any
resident who has taxable income is required to file a tax return.
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Q: Where do I mail my return?
A:
If you are making a payment, mail to:
City of Sylvania Division of Taxation
P.O. Box 510
Sylvania, Ohio 43560-0510

If no payment is due, mail your return to:
City of Sylvania Division of Taxation
6730 Monroe St.
Sylvania, Ohio 43560
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Links to Other Resources

State of Ohio Municipal Tax Forms & Information