Thursday, January 24, 2013
The tax rate has gone up since 2010.
Westlake residents will see a slight increase on their property tax bills this year—about $17 more for each $100,000 of home value. Cleveland.com recently published an interactive database with the most recent tax rate information for Northeast Ohio communities. Westlake residents pay 67.86 mills, with the majority—37.26 mills—going to the Westlake schools. Residents will pay about $2,078 per $100,000 of home value in 2013. That figure is based on 2012 tax rates. The rate has gone up more than 4 mills since residents' 2010 bills. For most levies in Ohio, the amount of money raised is set at the time the levy is passed. That means that tax rates will go up as property values decrease, and down as property values increase. Taxpayers end up …
Monday, April 16, 2012
Here are some tips on avoiding common errors in last-minute tax filing.
Westlake Patch's series "Last Chance" brings you deadlines you don't want to miss. The clock is ticking, last-minute tax filers: you have less than 36 hours to get those forms turned in. Filers must drop their hard-copy forms at the Westlake Post Office or submit electronically by midnight Tuesday. But don't fret— the IRS gives these tips to avoid the most common last-minute filing mistakes. Once you've completed your forms, take a few minutes to go through this checklist, and it could save you a tax headache later. From the IRS: File electronically. Filing electronically, whether through e-file or IRS Free File, vastly reduces tax return errors, as the tax software does the calculations, flags common errors and prompts taxpayers for …
Friday, March 16, 2012
You have about a month left!
Hope you marked your calendar—the deadline for taxes is coming up soon! Taxpayers do have an extra couple of days this year, since income tax returns aren’t due until April 17. So, have you filed your taxes yet? If not, check our Patch Places listings to search for a local accountant, or stop by Westlake Porter Public Library to fill out your own taxes. And if you have a favorite accountant in town, don't forget to leave a review on their page!
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Walk-in assistance will be on first come, first served basis.
Want to make sure you get every penny of your tax return? Cuyahoga Community College is hosting walk-in tax assistance, and two special Super Tax Refund Saturdays for those that qualify. “Each year, millions of dollars in refunds go unclaimed by individuals filing tax returns,” said Michael Taylor, senior vice president, PNC Community Development Banking. “We look forward to again helping to efficiently deliver tax refunds to local families and communities most in need.” Walk-in hours at Corporate College West are from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays Feb. 7 through April 3, except on March 15, in room 213. IRS-certified tax-preparers will help you complete your returns while you wait. All returns are scanned for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the …
Sunday, July 10, 2011
Residents can drop off checks at several locations before midnight on Wednesday.
Cuyahoga County residents can now pay their property taxes without even getting out of the car. With the deadline to make payments coming up on Wednesday, the drop-off service will be available until 4:30 p.m. Tuesday and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Employees will be stationed outside of the county treasurer’s offices at 1219 Ontario St. Residents must pay by check to use this service. “This is one of the ways we are improving customer service to ensure that taxpayers have a better experience,” said County Executive Ed FitzGerald in a release. “This drive-through service proved popular when we offered it in January, so we are going to give it another try.” To pay online, visit www.treasurer.cuyahogacounty.us any time. To pay by cash, credit card or …
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Bogus messages say tax payments have been rejected.
The Internal Revenue Service in Ohio is warning taxpayers about an email scam about electronic federal tax payments. The bogus email says tax payments made by the email recipients through the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) have been rejected and directs them to a bogus link that downloads malicious software that infects the victim’s computer. The scammer then uses this personal and financial information to commit identity theft. “The IRS doesn’t send unsolicited emails to taxpayers about their tax accounts and doesn’t communicate payment information through email,” said IRS spokeswoman Jennifer Jenkins. Jenkins said some scammers are using real or made-up employee names, addresses and similar information to make their …
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
A roundup of the top stories making headlines in Northeast Ohio on Feb. 23.
Here's the list of the top stories from Patch sites in your area: Getting Help With Your Taxes St. Joseph Academy Honors Westlake's Michael and Cathy Gallagher For Their Service Love-A-Stray and Petco Team for Pet Adoption Video: PTA Names its 2011 Helping Hands Award Winner