Who is required to file?

Findlay, Arlington, Mount Cory, Vanlue, and Mount Blanchard resident individuals are subject to the income tax return mandatory filing requirement at age 18, even if they have no taxable income.

Findlay and Arlington resident individuals who are 16 or 17 years of age, who have income that is subject to the income tax, must file even if no additional tax is due.

Non-resident individuals whose taxable income was not fully withheld upon must file.

Non-resident individuals are not required to file if all their tax was properly withheld by their employers.

Carey resident individuals are required to file if they are eligible to claim the one-percent credit for paying tax to other communities.

Carey resident and non-resident individuals are required to file to report any taxable income from which Carey village income tax was not fully withheld upon.

Non-resident individuals, sole proprietors, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, associations, corporations, trusts, and S corporations that own rental properties, conduct business, perform services, solicit sales, operate, or maintain an office in Findlay, Arlington, Mount Cory, Vanlue, Carey, or Mount Blanchard must file, even if no tax is due.

See ORC 718.01 and ORC 718.02 for reconciling and apportioning taxable business income.

See ORC 718.06 for information regarding consolidated returns.

See this link for Ohio House Bill 5 and Ohio House Bill 49 carry-forward loss instructions.

The Mount Blanchard one-percent village income tax was effective January 1, 2019.

Employer withholding forms for all six communities can be accessed by clicking on the blue "Employer Forms" button at the left.

Register here to establish an employer withholding account.  We use the Federal employer identification number.  See IRS Publication 1635.


Do I pay income taxes to the municipality where I work or to the municipality where I live?

In Ohio, an individual’s first obligation is to the city or village where he or she works, earns taxable income, conducts business, or owns rental properties.  The individual’s next obligation is to the city or village where he or she is domiciled.  The community of residence, by local ordinance, may then allow a credit for some or all of the tax that is paid to the community where the income is earned.  Findlay, Mount Cory, Vanlue, and Mount Blanchard do not offer a credit.  Arlington and Carey offer a credit of the amount of tax paid to the community where the income is earned, not to exceed one percent.

Municipal income tax exists in Ohio to assure financial independence for its communities.  Moreover, municipalities use income tax revenues to provide personal and property protection, to build and maintain thoroughfares and infrastructure, to foster skilled workforces, and to promote high qualities of life.  These resources develop and strategically locate mutually-beneficial places that attract businesses and consumers ensuring vocational, professional, entrepreneurial, educational, recreational, cultural, and medical opportunities for all Ohio residents.


Federal forms and schedules to include with your municipal income tax return.

  • Form 1040 page 1, page 2, and Schedule 1, or their equivalents
  • Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statements
  • Schedule C pages 1-2
  • Schedule E pages 1-2
  • Schedule K-1 from 1120-S
  • Schedule K-1 from 1065
  • Form 4797
  • Schedule F
  • Form 4835
  • Schedule A, if claiming allowable 2106 expenses through 2017
  • Form 2106, if claiming allowable 2106 expenses through 2017
  • Form 4868 extension request or equivalent, when the extended return is filed
  • Form 8582, if Schedule E rental losses are limited or suspended for Federal tax purposes
  • Schedule D, if rental properties were sold


Payments can be made using Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express®, or Discover® credit and debit cards online at officialpayments.com.

You may also call 1-800-2PAYTAXSM (1-800-272-9829) and use our assigned jurisdiction code of 4553.  Choose “1” for Income Tax when prompted.

Official Payments will charge you a fee of approximately three percent for their services.  There is no cost to the City.


Payable to:  Make all personal checks, certified checks, cashier’s checks, and money orders for Findlay, Arlington, Mount Cory, Vanlue, Carey, and Mount Blanchard income taxes payable to the City of Findlay.  Make credit card and debit card payments here.


Mail to:  Mail all payments, tax returns, employer withholding remittances, and correspondence for Findlay, Arlington, Mount Cory, Vanlue, Carey, and Mount Blanchard income taxes to:

INCOME TAX DEPARTMENT
PO BOX 862
FINDLAY OH 45839-0862

A secure, drive-up drop box for submitting payments and tax forms without postage is located in the east curbed island of the Municipal Building’s West Crawford Street parking lot.

Please do not send currency or coins in the mail or place currency or coins in the drop box.  Please limit all currency and coin transactions to personal visits in our office on the first floor of the Findlay Municipal Building, Room 115.

Please do not staple your check to any income tax return or source document.


Common sources of income that are taxable.

Unless otherwise prohibited by Chapter 718 of the Ohio Revised Code, taxable income includes, but is not limited to:

  • W-2 box 5 Medicare wages described in IRC 3121(a) without regard to limitations or exclusions (ORC 718.03)
  • Salaries, commissions, and bonuses
  • Tip income [ORC 718.03(J)]
  • Sick pay
  • Vacation pay
  • Severance pay, incentive pay
  • Strike pay
  • Contributions to deferred compensation plans such as IRC 401(k), 403(b), or 457
  • Lottery winnings and gambling winnings
  • Stock options even if not reported in the W-2 box 5 Medicare wages
  • Salaries, wages, or stipends earned or received through college or university work-study programs, internships, and grant-funded programs even if not reported in the W-2 box 5 Medicare wages
  • Supplemental unemployment compensation benefits described in IRC 3402(o)(2)(A)
  • Employment-related prizes, awards, and gifts
  • Cost of group term life insurance for active employees for protection in excess of the amount specified in IRC 79
  • Partnership guaranteed payments not already taxed at the partnership level
  • Resident partner's or member's untaxed distributive share from a partnership, LLC, LLP, or LP
  • Findlay resident shareholder's untaxed distributive share from an S corporation to the extent apportioned within Ohio 
  • Net housing allowance
  • Fees received by jurors, union stewards, directors, executors, executrixes
  • Income reported on Federal Form 1099-MISC
  • Babysitting income
  • Business income
  • Farm income
  • Rental income
  • Oil and gas royalties (i.e., derived from land)


Common sources of income that are not taxable.

Unless otherwise delineated in Chapter 718 of the Ohio Revised Code non-taxable income includes, but is not limited to:

  • Interest
  • Dividends
  • Government-paid unemployment compensation
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Social Security benefits
  • Government aid
  • Pensions and qualified retirement benefits
  • Income reported on a 1099-R, 1099-DIV, or 1099-INT
  • IRC 125 cafeteria plan contributions
  • Sick pay described in IRC 3402(o)(2)(C), not reported in the W-2 box 5 Medicare wages
  • Active and reserve military pay [ORC 718.01(C)(1)]
  • Alimony
  • Royalties derived from intangible property
  • Patent and copyright income
  • Value of a home or a parsonage furnished by a church to its designated minister
  • First $1,000 of annual income for serving as a precinct election official
  • Life insurance proceeds
  • Proceeds from inheritance
  • Gains from sales of stocks and securities