- What are property taxes?
- What should I do if I didn't receive a tax bill?
- When are taxes due?
- How much are my taxes?
- What is the value of my property?
- Can I write a personal check for payment of taxes?
- Can I get a paid receipt for taxes sent by mail?
- Have my taxes been paid?
- Can taxes be paid in advance?
- Does the Treasurer have automatic payment deduction?
- How do I make an address change?
- How much of my taxes go to schools, etc.?
- Can I appeal the penalty amount?
- I don't agree with the value that has been placed on my property. What can I do?
- How are taxes calculated?
- I paid off or refinanced my home and now no longer escrow my taxes with my lender. What should I do to ensure I receive my tax bill?
In the state of Ohio real property taxes, commonly known as real estate taxes, are taxes levied by any taxing subdivision on a real estate parcel. Levies raise tax revenue for school districts, municipalities, libraries, and other special issues such as mental health services.
Ohio law states that it is the responsibility of the parcel owner to make sure that they obtain a property tax bill in time to pay their taxes. A duplicate tax bill may be obtained by calling our office at (614)525-3438 or by emailing your request to the Treasurer.
Taxes are due semi-annually each January 20th and June 20th. If either January 20th or June 20th occurs on a weekend or holiday the due date will be changed to the next business day following the 20th.
To obtain your tax amount you may call our Customer Service Department at (614)525-3438 or check the Property Search page of our website. You will need to look up your parcel information, and it will be displayed along with other important information regarding your parcel.
You can obtain this information by checking the Auditor's website or by calling the Auditor's Office at (614)525-4663.
Yes, checks should be made payable to FRANKLIN COUNTY TREASURER EDWARD LEONARD. Please write your parcel number on the check and include your billing statement(s) with your payment, along with a daytime phone number on your check.
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Yes, to receive a receipt for payment, please send a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your entire tax bill and payment.
To find out if your taxes have been paid, please check the Payment Status page of our website or call our Customer Service Department at (614)525-3438. You will need to look up your parcel information, and it will be displayed along with other important information regarding your parcel. As a reminder, payments made via our website take between 2-5 days to be posted.
Taxes are billed in arrears and can only be paid once they are assessed by the County Auditor's office. However, you may set up a Budget Payment with our office. Our Budget Payment Program allows you to make monthly prepayments on your semi-annual tax bill. It is an easy way to set aside money on a monthly basis for the payment of your next real estate tax bill. The money that you pay will be held in an escrow account in your name and will automatically be applied to your semi-annual real estate tax bill when it comes due.
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We offer the convenience of having your monthly payments direct debited from a checking or savings account if you are enrolled in the Budget Payment Program. For more information please see Budget Payment Program.
Ohio Law (Section 323.23, Ohio Revised Code) requires that any mailing address change for property tax bills be provided to the County Treasurer. Please keep the Treasurer's office advised when you move, change lenders or desire your tax bill to go to a different address.
Please print, complete and send your Address Change Form PDF via US mail, email, or fax (614)221-8124) to our office. Alternately, you can fill out an on-line Address Change Form and submit it to our office directly from our website.
Our Customer Service Department can provide this information. Please call (614)525-3438.
Yes; however, by law, penalties can only be forgiven in certain circumstances. For more information, see Request for Penalty Forgiveness.
Applications to appeal the valuation of your property are accepted from mid- December until March 31st each year by the Auditor's office. If you would like to file an appeal to contest the valuation of your property, please visit the Auditor's website to download an appeal form or contact the Board of Revision at (614)525-3913 to receive a form by U.S. mail. The deadline for filing an appeal is March 31 each year.
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The steps outlined below show how to calculate an estimate of your real estate taxes. The calculations used in the example are for a $100,000 home in the City of Columbus for tax year 2010.
Determine the assessed value
FORMULA: (Appraised Value) x 35% = Assessed Value
Example: $100,000 x .35 =$35,000
Calculate the Gross Tax
FORMULA: (Assessed Value x Total Rate)/ 1,000 = Gross Annual Tax
Example: ($35,000 x 99.51)/1,000 = $3,482.85
Calculate the Reduction Factor credit amount
FORMULA: (Gross Annual Tax) x (Reduction Factor) = Reduction Factor Credit
Example: $3,482.85 x 0.364353 = $1,268.99
Reduce the Gross Annual Tax by the Reduction Factor Credit
FORMULA: (Gross Annual Tax) - (Reduction Factor Credit) = Adjusted Tax
Example: $3,482.85 - $1,268.99 = $2,199.86
Calculate the Rollback Credit for Residential Properties (When applicable)
For Non-Owner Occupied Properties
FORMULA: (Adjusted Tax) x (Rollback Rate) = 10% Rollback Reduction
Example: $2,199.86 X .10 = $219.99
For "Owner Occupied" Properties
FORMULA: (Adjusted Tax) x (Rollback Rate) = 12.5% Rollback Reduction
Example: $2,199.86 x .125 = $274.99
Reduce the Adjusted Tax by the Rollback Credit for the Annual Tax amount
FORMULA: Adjusted Tax - Rollback Credit = Net Annual Tax Due
Example: $2,199.86 - $274.99 = $1,924.87 (Residential Owner Occupied Property)
I paid off or refinanced my home and now no longer escrow my taxes with my lender. What should I do to ensure I receive my tax bill?
Congratulations on paying off or refinancing your home! It's as easy as one, two three to make sure that you don't miss important information about paying your taxes.
Change your mailing address with our office. This easy step is often overlooked until too late. It's as simple as going to http://treasurer.franklincountyohio.gov/about-taxes/address-change and completing and electronically submitting the change of address form.
Make sure that you understand how any taxes you previously escrowed will be distributed by your lender. Should they be refunded or will they apply against the next tax bill?
Check out our convenient monthly budget pay program at http://treasurer.franklincountyohio.gov/payments/budget-pay to see how you can benefit from enrolling in this service.
Please remember that there are other credits, such as the Homestead reduction and the farm value reduction (C.A.U.V.) that may affect the net annual tax. If you have any questions regarding the eligibility requirements for either of these programs, please call the Auditor's office at (614)525-4663.
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