Income Taxes

The Income Tax Code is found in Chapter 34 of the Wadsworth City Codified Ordinances. Effective January 1, 2012, the City of Wadsworth income tax rate changed to 1.4%. For tax years prior to 2012, the City of Wadsworth income tax rate was 1.3%. You receive up to 1% credit for income taxes paid to your city of employment.

Effective July 1, 1981, every person or entity is required to file an annual tax return for each year or portion of the year you have earned income (earned income also includes gambling or lottery winnings) and you reside in or conduct business in Wadsworth. Wadsworth residents who have no taxable income for the year are required to file an Declaration of Exemption the first year you are completely retired. Provided you present the required documentation (as outlined on the Exemption form), your account will be inactivated. You do not have to file in future years unless you have earned income.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please see the Finance, Income Tax section here.

Presently the income tax supports the:

  • Capital Improvements
  • General Fund
  • Recreation Fund
  • Street Fund
  • Street Improvements

Visit the Tax Allocations page for more information.

Registration for New Taxpayers

You have a legal duty to know and comply with all tax laws. If you are unsure if you are subject to Wadsworth tax, please contact the City’s Income Tax Office at 330-335-2745. We do not recommend using the State resource known as The Finder to determine tax paying or filing obligations. 

The City’s income tax program is administered by The Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) in Brecksville, Ohio. If you are a new Wadsworth taxpayer due to: moving into the City; conducting business in the City (with or without employees); reaching the age of 18; or being annexed, you may register online at the RITA website ( or contact the Income Tax Office at 330-335-2745 for a registration form.

The City has an employee who serves as a liaison between residents and RITA and assists residents with tax issues. Questions can be directed to the Tax Office at 330-335-2745 or via email.

Tax Help

The Income Tax Office is located on the first floor of Wadsworth City Hall, between the Utility and CityLink Customer Service windows. Income tax help is available to residents on a first come, first served basis, weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

During tax season, there is typically extended hours for assistance. Wadsworth residents can go to any RITA office or on-site event, and receive free city tax assistance. Please see the RITA website for locations and the assistance schedule. All the city tax forms are available on the RITA website. Call RITA for more help at 800-860-7482.

After April 15, please call before coming in to check assistance availability. We do not take appointments.

Please note: We are not able to access information you bring in on a portable storage device (flash drive, etc.) You must either bring in paper copies of your information, email your pdf file to the Income Tax Officer, or large files can be uploaded to the City’s FTP site. Please contact the Income Tax Office at 330-335-2745 if you have questions regarding this.

Fraud Tips

If you suspect that someone is not paying tax or is a business not sending in withholding, give us the information and we will check it out. By law we cannot give you detail about a taxpayer’s filings, but you can be assured that the information you give will be checked to be sure that appropriate taxes are filed and paid. You can contact the City Auditor with the pertinent information.

Change of Address

If you move during the year, please report your address change to the City Income Tax Office at 330-335-2745 or