City of Pickerington

Income Tax


The City of Pickerington imposes an income tax to provide support for City programs and services including, but not limited to, 24-hour police protection, annual street resurfacing and other major roadway improvements, snow removal, park programs and facilities, the Pickerington-Violet Historical Society, and the Senior Center. The City of Pickerington levies a tax on salaries, wages, commissions and other compensation as provided in Chapter 880 of the Codified Ordinances of Pickerington.

The City of Pickerington has a tax rate of 1% of qualifying wages. An off-setting credit is allowed for one-half of one percent (0.5%) of wages taxed by another city. A W-2 supporting the credit to another city is required upon filing. IMPORTANT: If you have requested or received a refund from the city in which tax was withheld, you must provide documentation as it may affect the credit allowed on line 10 of the Individual Tax Return.

The City requires mandatory, annual filing of income tax returns. All residents 18 years of age and older, and all businesses within the City, are required to file a return no later than April 15 (or 3 ½ months following the end of their fiscal year) regardless of whether or not a tax is due.  If the resident is employed outside of the City of Pickerington and the employer does not withhold Pickerington tax, it is the responsibility of the resident to file and pay quarterly estimates on the wages he or she anticipates earning for the current year. Failure to do so may result in a penalty assessment.

State law changed the way municipalities charge penalty and interest on tax returns beginning 1/1/16. The following fees are now in effect:

  • Late Filing Fee: $25 for tax year 2023 and after. For 2017 through 2022, the late filing fee is $25/month up to $150. This fee will be charged even if no tax is owed on your return. Pickerington is a mandatory file city, and all residents over the age of 18 must file a tax return by April 15, or October 15 if an extension is granted.
  • Underpayment penalty: 15% of balance owed.
  • Interest: Federal short term rate plus 5%. For tax year 2023, the interest rate is 10%.

Please contact the tax department with any questions regarding these charges.

Each employer located within or doing business within the City of Pickerington is required to withhold city income tax from all compensation paid to their employees age 18 and over.

  • Semi-monthly: Due within three (3) business days after the fifteenth and the last day of each month
  • Monthly: Due by the fifteenth of the following month
  • Quarterly: Due by the last day of the month following the end of each quarter

If you no longer have a copy of your W-2 form that you need in order to file a past year tax return, please visit the IRS website (see link below) to obtain your transcript. We need both the Return Transcript and the Wage and Income Transcript. If you are unable to login to your online account, you can call their automated phone transcript service at 800-908-9946.


Effective March 19, 2013, the City of Pickerington entered into an agreement with the Ohio Attorney General for collection of delinquent income tax balances. If your account is delinquent and you receive communication from the Attorney General's office, you must contact the Local Government Collections Team directly at 888-871-8838. Staff at the City of Pickerington will not be able to assist you in resolving this debt.

ACH payments can be made from your online tax account; there is no processing fee to use this option.

If you are adding your banking information for the first time, click 'Manage Your Account,' then 'Manage Bank Accounts for ACH Payments.' Once you add your account information, you can select 'Pay by Checking Account' and submit your payment. Please call the Tax Department at 614-837-4116 if you need additional assistance.

ACH Authorization Form Online Account Access

The Pickerington Tax Department offers account access for residents and businesses. Taxpayers may log in to their account for real-time information of balances and payments made. Taxpayers can also make credit card or ACH payments and e-file tax returns. Click link below to access your online account.


Effective December 10, 2021, the City of Pickerington Income Tax Department accepts credit card, PayPal, Venmo, and eCheck payments through Paymentus. If paying with a credit card, PayPal, or Venmo, there is a processing fee of 2.45% with a minimum fee of $1.50. If paying with an e-Check, there is a flat processing fee of $1.50. To make an online payment, please click the link below.

Make a Payment

Beginning with tax year 2016, the interest rate is the Federal short-term rate, rounded to the nearest whole number, plus 5%.

  • Tax Year 2015 & Prior: 18%
  • Tax Year 2016:  5%
  • Tax Year 2017:  6%
  • Tax Year 2018:  7%
  • Tax Year 2019:  7%
  • Tax Year 2020: 5%
  • Tax Year 2021:  5%
  • Tax Year 2022: 7%
  • Tax Year 2023: 10%