Treasurer's Office: Tax FAQ
1. WHEN ARE REAL ESTATE TAXES DUE?
Click here for the due dates  
2. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS TO PAY MY REAL ESTATE TAX BILL?
a. Mail the payment in the envelope provided with your tax bill
b. Pay in person at the Fairfield County Treasurer’s office
      210 East Main Street, Room 206, Lancaster
c. Pay online using this link Point & Pay. You may use a credit card or electronic check (fees will apply)
d. Pay by telephone through Point & Pay by calling 1-866-874-1680 (if you need assistance please call Point & Pay at
     888-891-6064 and choose option #2.)  You may use a credit card or electronic check (fees will apply)
  e. Use the drive-thru or Treasurer’s drop box located at 135 W Chestnut Street, Lancaster (open for 3 weeks prior to
          due dates. Please call our office for dates and hours.)  
3. TO WHOM DO I MAKE THE CHECK PAYABLE TO?
Fairfield County Treasurer James N. Bahnsen  
4. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DIDIN’T RECEIVE A TAX BILL?
Please contact our office at 740-652-7140 to make certain we have your correct mailing address on record. We will gladly send you a printout of your tax information.  Another option is to send in a check for the correct amount due with the parcel number(s) written in the memo portion of your check.  You can determine the amount of your taxes by clicking here to be directed to the Auditor’s website. You can search for your property by Parcel Number, Owner Name or Address of the Property under QuickSearch on the upper left corner of the page.
• Enter your search criteria and Submit.
• Then locate your parcel number and click on the parcel number to open your record.
• Click on the Tax tab which shows your taxes that you have due for the current taxes payable in the next year.
• You may print a tax bill or pay your taxes using the Pay This Amount tab.
5. I RECEIVED MY TAX BILL, BUT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO GO TO MY BANK, OR VICE-VERSA.
By law, our office must receive a written and signed request for a change of address from the party who was to receive the bill. Please contact your bank or mortgage company to discuss who is going to pay the tax bill before it becomes delinquent. If the bill was delivered to the bank or mortgage company and should be sent to you, please send written notice to the Treasurer’s Office of the proper mailing address and indicate the parcel numbers of all property affected. If the bank or mortgage company should receive the bill, please have the bank or mortgage company send in a written request for the bill.  
6. HOW CAN I CHANGE MY MAILING ADDRESS?
State law requires that we have the property owner's signature on the change of address request. A change of address form can be printed from our website, completed, signed, and mailed to our office, 210 East Main Street, Room 206, Lancaster, Ohio 43130.  Click here for the change of address form.  
7. CAN I OBTAIN A RECEIPT FOR MY PAID TAXES?
Your cancelled check will act as a receipt for tax payments. However, a receipt may be obtained by mailing in both the top and bottom portions of your tax bill and a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment.  
8. I DIDN'T RECEIVE MY TAX BILL. CAN PENALTIES BE WAIVED?
No. Failure to receive a bill does not excuse you from paying penalty. Taxes are mailed out in January and June. If you do not receive your bill by the end of January or the middle of June, it is your responsibility to contact our office at 740-652-7140. Also, a notice will appear in the local paper prior to the due date.   
9. CAN I APPEAL TO HAVE MY PENALTY REMOVED?
Yes, though by law, penalties can only be forgiven in certain circumstances. For more information, see Request for Remission of Penalty. Simply click here for the Application for the Remission of Penalty Form. Complete the form, print it out, and mail it to the Treasurer’s Office.
10. ARE POSTMARK DATES ACCEPTABLE? WHEN ARE TAXES CONSIDERED LATE?
Postal regulations state that the postmark of the due date is to be considered current if it is a US Postal Service post mark and good and valid payment is included. Post marks from private postal meters are not accepted. Postdated payments are not accepted.  
11. HOW MUCH IS PENALTY FOR PAYING TAXES AFTER THE DUE DATE?
The penalty is 10% of the current taxes due according to Ohio Revised Code 323.17. Penalty is reduced to 5% for the first ten days from the tax due date. If current taxes become a full year delinquent, penalty is compounded. Interest is added on any prior delinquency August 1st. Interest will be added on December 1st for any unpaid taxes.
12. WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES OF NOT PAYING MY TAXES?
Once your taxes become delinquent more than a year, the Treasurer may file with the County Prosecutor's Office to sell the property at the Sheriff's Sales/Auction.
13. CAN I PAY MY DELINQUENT TAXES IN PAYMENTS?
You may enter into a Delinquent Tax Contract with our office that allows you to pay your delinquent taxes in installments, as long as the property is your primary residence and you have not defaulted on a prior payment plan. Please call our office at 740-652-7140 to discuss your delinquency payment plan options.
14. I DON'T AGREE WITH THE VALUE THAT HAS BEEN PLACED ON MY PROPERTY. WHAT CAN I DO?
If you would like to file an appeal, contesting the valuation of your property, please visit the click here to download the form or contact the Board of Revision at 740-652-7030, and you will be sent an appeal form. You may click here to be directed to the Ohio Board of Revisions Resource Center in order to find additional information regarding the Board of Revision process. Upon receipt of your appeal form, the Board will notify you of your hearing date. In most cases, it is not necessary to have an attorney with you and the hearing will take less than an hour. Any information provided by you will be used in reconsidering the appraised value of your property. The deadline for filing appeals is from December after the first half tax bill is mailed to March 31 each year.
15. WHAT IS THE TAX RATE FOR MY TAXING DISTRICT?
You can view a current chart of tax rates by clicking here . Tax rates sheets are also available in the Treasurer's and Auditor's offices. Please contact either office at 740-652-7140 or 740-652-7020 respectively.  
16. WHY IS THE PREVIOUS OWNER’S NAME ON MY TAX BILL?
If you recently purchased property the previous owner’s name will remain in the Owner Name area on your tax bill until the next year. This is because they were the owner as of January 1st of the tax year in which you purchased the property. This does not mean that you are not responsible for the payment of your real estate tax bill.  
17. CAN I PREPAY MY REAL ESTATE TAXES ON A MONTHLY BASIS?
We have two options available for prepayment of your Real Estate Taxes.
1. You my sign up for our Escrow Program. Click here for more details about the Escrow Program.
2. You may send in part payments and write the parcel number and “Pre-Tax” in the memo area of your check.
18. HOW ARE MY TAXES DETERMINED?
Your Market Value is multiplied by 35% to arrive at your Assessed Value. Your Assessed Value is then multiplied by the Effective Tax Rate for your political subdivision to arrive at your Gross Tax.  
19. WHY ARE TAXES COLLECTED ONE YEAR IN ARREARS?
Tax levies are imposed in the year voted on by the citizenry. For example, during the regular May primary or November general elections, the levies passed by the voters are for that current tax year. However, the tax bills are payable in the following year. For example, the voters approve a five-year levy in November of 2011 - the tax bills for 2011 will be payable in 2012.  
20. IS THERE A REAL ESTATE DEDUCTION FOR ELDERLY OR DISABLED PEOPLE?
Yes. It is called Homestead Reduction. You can get more information by clicking here. The appropriate forms are listed under the Exemption Application section. Simply complete the form, print it out, and mail it to the Fairfield County Auditor prior to the deadlines.
21. IS THERE A REAL ESTATE DEDUCTION FOR FARM LAND
Yes. You can get this application by click here. The appropriate forms are listed under the Miscellaneous Forms section.
22. IS THERE A REAL ESTATE TAX DEDUCTION FOR OWNER OCCUPIED PROPERTY?
Yes. You can get this application by clicking here. The appropriate form is the first entry under the Exemption Application section.  
23. HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT I PAID LAST YEAR FOR MY REAL ESTATE TAXES.
You can find this information on the Auditor’s Website by clicking here. You can search for your property by Parcel Number, Owner Name or Address of the Property under QuickSearch on the upper left corner of the page.
• Enter your search criteria and Submit.
• Then locate your parcel number and click on the parcel number to open your record.
• Click on the Tax tab which shows your taxes that you have due for 2017 taxes payable in 2018
• Click the Change Tax Year drop down arrow and select the previous year
• The payments for the year will appear in parenthesis.
• Keep in mind that if you are on Escrow through our office you will need to call for the actual amount that you paid for that given year.
24. HOW DO I OBTAIN A LIST OF DELINQUENT PARCELS.
1. You may run your own report by clicking here.
2. You may submit a records request by clicking here.