Canton City Income Tax Overview

The Income Tax Department

The Canton City Income Tax Department is a division of the City Treasury and one of Ohio’s most efficient tax administrations.  In fiscal year 2022, the City of Canton collected almost $73 million in revenue and processed more than 110,000 returns.

The Canton City Income Tax Department spent just 31.5 cents for each $100 it collected in FY 2022.

Our Mission

Provide Canton's taxpayers top quality service by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities and enforce the law with integrity and fairness to all.

This mission statement describes our role and the public's expectation about how we should perform that role.

In the Canton, Ohio, City Council passes tax laws and requires taxpayers to comply.

The taxpayer's role is to understand and meet his or her tax obligations.  The Canton City Income Tax Department’s role is to help the large majority of compliant taxpayers with the tax law, while ensuring that the minority who are unwilling to comply pay their fair share.

Statutory Authority

The tax on income and the withholding tax established by Chapter 182 of the Codified Ordinances of Canton are authorized by Article XVIII, Section 3 of the Ohio Constitution. The tax on income and the withholding tax established by Chapter 182 are deemed to be levied in accordance with, and to be consistent with, the provisions and limitations of Ohio Revised Code 718 (ORC 718).  Chapter 182 is deemed to incorporate the provisions of ORC 718.

The tax is an annual tax levied on the income of every person residing in or earning or receiving income in the municipal corporation, and shall be measured by municipal taxable income. The Municipality shall tax income at a uniform rate. The tax is levied on Municipal Taxable Income, as defined in Canton Ordinance and Ohio Statute.