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.

How do I pay my Ohio individual and/or school district income tax?

Ohio offers the following methods for paying your Ohio individual income and school district income tax:

  • Electronic Check: You can pay by electronic check using the Department’s Online Services. This payment method withdraws funds directly from your checking or savings account. See the Online Services FAQs for more information. There is no fee for using this payment method.

    Generally, your payment will be withdrawn within 24 hours of the date you choose for the payment. You must ensure that the funds are in your account and available on the date you choose for payment. The payment will show on your bank statement as “STATE OF OHIO”.
  • Debit or Credit Card: You can pay using a debit or credit card either by calling 1-800-272-9829 (1-800-750-0750 for the hearing impaired) or using the Official Payments website. This payment method charges your Discover, VISA, MasterCard or American Express card. You cannot future-date a credit card payment. Your credit card will be charged on the date you authorize the payment.

    Official Payments charges a convenience fee equal to 2.5% of your payment or $1, whichever is greater. The state of Ohio does not receive any of this fee. The payment will appear on your credit card statement as two separate entries – one for the payment itself and a second for the Official Payments service fee.
  • Personal Check or Money Order: Make individual income tax payments payable to "Ohio Treasurer of State" and school district income tax payments payable to "School District Income Tax.” You must include the appropriate voucher when making a payment by check or money order. All payment vouchers can be found here.

Note: Your method of filing your return does not have to be the same as your method of payment. For example, you can file your return electronically, but submit your payment by personal check. Likewise, you can file your return by mail, but submit your payment using Online Services.