Ohio State Income Tax - Tax Year 2012
Ohio Income Tax Table
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The Ohio Income Tax
Ohio collects a state income tax at a maximum marginal tax rate of 5.92%, spread across nine tax brackets. Unlike the Federal Income Tax, Ohio's state income tax does not provide couples filing jointly with expanded income tax brackets. There are a total of twenty eight states with higher marginal income tax rates then Ohio.
Ohio has been systematically lowering personal income tax rates since House Bill 66 was passed in 2005. The last scheduled tax reduction was applied for the 2011 tax year, and taxes were lowered over 15% since 2004. As of 2010, the Ohio tax commissioner will also begin adjusting the Ohio tax brackets every year to account for inflation - this will result in a small income tax raise yearly.
Local rates are excluded on Ohio; 14 states total have county or city level income taxes. In OH the average rate for counties and large municipalities, weighted by total personal income within each jurisdiction, is 1.82% (weighted local rates are from Tax Foundation Background Paper, No. 58, "2009 State Business Tax Climate Index"). There are -36 days left until Tax Day, on April 15th 2013.
Ohio Tax Deductions
Income tax deductions are expenses that can be deducted from your gross pre-tax income. Using deductions is an excellent way to reduce your Ohio income tax and maximize your refund, so be sure to research deductions that you mey be able to claim on your Federal and Ohio tax returns. For details on specific deductions available in Ohio, see the list of Ohio income tax deductions.
4.1 - Ohio Standard Deduction
- Unlike many other states, Ohio has no standard deduction. Certain itemized deductions (including property tax, qualified charitable contributions, etc) may be allowed depending on the income level and filing type of the taxpayer. Keep in mind that not all deductions allowed on your federal income tax return are necessarily going to be allowed on your Ohio income tax return.
4.2 - Ohio Personal Exemptions
- Ohio's personal income tax exemptions include a personal exemption of $1,550.00. You can deduct one single exemption from your gross income if you are responsible for supporting yourself financially.
4.3 - Ohio Dependent Deduction
- Ohio has a dependent exemption of $1,550.00. You may claim one dependent examption for each of the children, relatives, or others who live with and are supported by you as described § 152 of the IRC (Internal Revenue Code).
4.4 - Ohio Itemized Deductions
- Unlike the Federal income tax, the Ohio income tax does not allow itemized deductions. You may claim the Ohio standard deduction if applicable, and specific deductions may be available to Ohio taxpayers as limited deductions or tax credits.
Ohio Income Tax Forms
How To File Your Ohio Income Tax Return
Where To Send Your Ohio Tax Return
Estimated Income Tax Returns
Ohio Department of Taxation PO Box 1460 Columbus, Ohio 43216-1460
Income Tax Returns (No Payment)
Ohio Department of Taxation PO Box 2679 Columbus, Ohio 43218-2679
Income Tax Returns (Payment Enclosed)
Ohio Department of Taxation PO Box 2057 Columbus, Ohio 43218-2057
e-Filing: Submit Your Ohio Tax Return Online
You can save time and money by electronically filing your Ohio income tax directly with the Department of Taxation . Benefits of e-Filing your Ohio tax return include instant submission, error checking, and faster refund response times. Most tax preparers can electronically file your return for you, or you can do it yourself using free or paid income tax software, like the examples listed below.
To e-file your Ohio and Federal income tax returns, you need a piece of tax software that is certified for eFile by the IRS. While most in-depth tax software charges a fee, there are several free options available through the states, and simple versions are also offered free of charge by most tax software companies.
The two most popular tax software packages are H&R Block At Home, sold by the H&R Block tax preparation company, and TurboTax Federal & State, sold by the Intuit software company. Both companies produce multiple editions for simple to very complex tax returns, so be sure to carefully compare the features offered by each package.
Getting Your Ohio Tax Refund
If your state tax witholdings are greater then the amount of income tax you owe the state of Ohio, you will receive an income tax refund check from the government to make up the difference.
It should take one to three weeks for your refund check to be processed after your income tax return is recieved. E-filing your return and filing early can help ensure your refund check gets sent as quickly as possible.
Once you've filed your tax return, all you have to do is wait for your refund to arrive. If you want to check the status of your Ohio tax refund, you can visit the Ohio Department of Taxation Income Tax Refund page.
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- Our state ranking and income tax figures are based on a family of four (married parents with two children) earning the national median household income of $50,000 per year. Deductions and personal exemptions are taken into account, but some state-specific deductions and tax credit programs may not be accounted for.
- Before the official 2013 Ohio income tax rates are released, provisional 2013 tax rates are based on Ohio's 2012 income tax brackets.
- The 2013 state personal income tax brackets are updated from the Ohio Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation data.
- Ohio tax forms are sourced from the Ohio Department of Taxation income tax forms page, and are updated on a yearly basis. Please make sure the Ohio forms you are using are up-to-date.