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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



This means all residents age 18 or older and businesses within the village limits, and any non-resident person/business entity doing work or earning income within the village limits must file a return annually even if no tax is due at the time of filing. (See exceptions below.) See our Income Tax Ordinance for complete information on what is taxable and filing details and requirements. Our Income Tax Ordinance and Income Tax forms can be found in the "Search Tax Forms" box to the left of this section. 


This deadline applies to all 2018 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. Please do not send confidential tax returns, documentation, or information through email, as this cannot be guaranteed to be a secure form of transmission. RETURNS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED ELECTRONICALLY. 


  • Any resident under the age of 18 during the entire 2018 tax year is exempt from filing a village income 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.
  • Business, farm and rental losses are not permitted to be netted against personal wages to reduce taxable income.
  • 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 above stated deadline date. Per House Bill 5, the penalty and interest charges have been changed to the following:

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

- With respect to unpaid income tax, a one-time per return penalty equal to fifteen percent(15%) 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 2018 will be: .50%.

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



Interest shall be imposed per annum, on all unpaid income tax, unpaid estimated income tax and unpaid withholding tax. The interest rate used shall be based upon the Federal short-term rate (rounded to the nearest whole number percent) plus five percent (5%).The rate shall apply for the calendar year next following the July of the year in which the Federal short-term rate is determined.

NOTE: Interest applies to any balance of tax due that is not paid by the due date of a return, even if the return is filed under an extension.

Calendar Year Monthly Interest Rate Yearly Interest Rate
2019 .583% 7.00%
2018 .50% 6.00%
2017 .50% 6.00%
2016 .42% 5.00%


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

The Bluffton School District code is listed as 0203 on W-2 forms. Please do not confuse this withholding tax code 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



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 loss carry-forward, since our ordinance contains a 5 year loss carry-forward 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. 

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: When using the drop box, if you are 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.

PAYMENT OPTIONS: Payments can be made by cash, check, money order or credit card. Please make checks and money orders 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). Use your social security number as your account number and if asked for our Jurisdiction Code use 6786. A processing fee will be charged by Official Payments.


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