Frequently Asked Questions

The Ohio Department of Taxation has compiled a list of frequently asked questions covering many different categories.

To view the questions, click on the "Select Category" bar and then click on the category you are interested in.  A list of questions will appear pertaining to that category. Then click on the question you are inquiring about and the answer will appear.

I am trying to make a purchase and my credit report shows a tax lien, why?

A tax lien is filed with the county courts when a tax liability is referred for collection. The Department of Taxation does not forward information to, nor receive information from the credit bureau. However, when an assessment is forwarded to the Attorney General's Office for collection, a judgment lien is filed with the county clerk of courts. This information is public record.

Any information that is public record can be obtained by various credit bureaus, banks, or financial institutions.  It is, therefore, possible that the lien could affect any credit ratings provided by or given to these agencies. To obtain more information about the lien, contact the Attorney General's Office. For business taxes call 1-888-246-0488, for individual taxes call 1-888-301-8885.