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Village of Bluffton Income Tax Department
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154 N. Main Street, P.O. Box 228, Bluffton, Ohio 45817

Please note all tax forms, payments, and documentation can be dropped off in our Secure Tax Drop Box located inside the front lobby of the Town Hall, on the right side wall, beside the elevator for your convenience. NOTE: If making a payment, please make sure to write on the envelope if the payment is an income tax or water payment to help ensure the payment is applied to the correct account.


APRIL 18, 2017 

**This deadline applies to all 2016 Income Tax Return filings, Extension Request forms, Exemption Certifications, and payments. These items must be received in our office by the filing deadline date or penalty and interest charges will apply.**


The Village of Bluffton is a Mandatory Filing Municipality.

This means all residents and businesses within village limits, and any non-resident person/business entity doing work or earning income within village limits must file a return annually even if no tax is due at the time of filing. (See exceptions below.)



  • Any resident under the age of 18 during the entire tax year 2016 is exempt from filing a village tax return. If an individual worked and was under the age of 18 they may complete a village income tax return to request a refund for any municipal income tax withheld and paid to Bluffton.
  • Taxpayers may receive a refund of overpaid taxes only if the amount overpaid is more than $10.00. Likewise, taxpayers will not be required to remit tax due that is less than $10.00. However, even if the tax due is less than $10.00 taxpayers are still required to file a Village of Bluffton income tax return.
  • The municipality will impose penalty and interest charges when a taxpayer fails to file their income tax return or remit the appropriate amount of income tax by the April 18, 2017 due date. Per House Bill 5, the penalty and interest charges have been changed to the following for tax year 2016:

- A monthly penalty of $25.00 for each failure to timely file each return will be imposed. The penalty shall not exceed a total of $150.00 in assessed penalty for each failure to timely file a return.

- With respect to unpaid income tax, a penalty equal to fifteen percent(15%) of the amount not timely paid shall be imposed.

- With respect to any unpaid withholding tax, a penalty equal to fifty percent (50%) of the amount not timely paid shall be imposed.

- Monthly interest shall be imposed on all unpaid income tax and unpaid employer withholding tax. The interest rate for 2016 will be: .417%.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  Bluffton School District tax returns and payments are not filed with our office.  Do not drop off School District forms or payments to our office.

These cannot be processed and you will not be filed with the correct agency. The Bluffton School District code is listed as 0203 on W-2 forms. Please do not confuse this tax code withholding amount with Village of Bluffton local withholding amounts when applying withholding credits to your return. 

School District tax withheld/paid cannot be applied as a credit on your Village of Bluffton income tax return

To access School District Filing information for the State of Ohio please use the following link: 

Annual filing of a return is required of all active Bluffton taxpayers (individuals and businesses) regardless of whether a tax liability is due or all tax was already withheld or paid by the time of filing. (See exceptions below.)

Mandatory filing is also required for all non-resident persons/business entities doing work or earning income within the village limits. (See exceptions below.)

See our Filing Instructions for complete information on what is considered taxable and for filing details.

Exception 1:  If you are a non-resident of Bluffton, but worked for a Bluffton employer that paid you wages and withheld Bluffton income tax from those wages correctly at 1.25%, you are not required to file an annual return with us. 

Exception 2:  If you have no taxable income to report for the current tax year, you must submit the Individual Exemption Certificate or Business Exemption Certificate form as your filing for the current tax year.  This only applies to the tax year it is filed for, and future filings are still required. 

Exception 3:   If you have no taxable income and will not have any in the future (example: retired or permanently disabled), you must submit the Permanent Certification of No Taxable Income form to be relieved of annual filing requirements for the current tax year and in the future. 

Note for Businesses:  Active Business Taxpayers must still file a return for the tax year even if a loss was generated for that specific tax year and no tax is due.  This will ensure accurate reporting of any carry-forward loss, since our ordinance contains a 5 year carry-forward loss provision. 


See the "Search Tax Forms" menu to the left to access fillable/printable tax forms in .pdf format for both individuals and businesses.  RETURNS ARE NOT ACCEPTED ELECTRONICALLY. They must be mailed to or dropped off at our office at: 154 N. Main St., P.O. Box 228, Bluffton, Ohio 45817. 

Due to the availability of tax forms on our website and in the front lobby of Town Hall, tax forms are no longer mailed out unless specifically requested.

Payment Options: Payments can be made by mail (PO Box 228), in person at the village office, or in the tax drop box located inside the Town Hall front lobby on the right side wall beside the elevator. Cash, checks, or money orders are accepted. Please make checks payable to the VILLAGE OF BLUFFTON. Please note that credit cards are NOT accepted at the village office. Credit card payments can be made on-line through or by calling 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829). For phone payments use Jurisdiction Code 6786. A processing fee will be charged by Official Payments for both options.

Please do not send confidential tax returns, documentation, or information  through email, as this cannot be a guaranteed secure form of transmission. RETURNS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED ELECTRONICALLY.  

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