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cbphillips92
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City Tax Credits

For the years of 2016, 2017, and 2018, I lived in Akron, OH but I worked in Wooster, OH for the USPS and they did not take out Wooster city tax. I always paid Akron city taxes because the tax rate was higher and I was told I would get Wooster city tax credits. I received a letter in the mail with no warning, stating that I owe back taxes from 2016 and 2017 for Wooster. Would this be a mistake on Wooster's part? Unfortunately, today is Saturday and neither of the tax offices are open, so I can't call them. I hope the question makes sense. 

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Hal_Al
Level 15

City Tax Credits

Q. Is this  a mistake on Wooster's part? 

A. No. It's your employer's mistake.  Your employer is required to withhold city tax for the work place location (Wooster in your case).  If they withhold the correct amount (the usual situation), you are not required to to file a Wooster return.  If  your employer does it wrong, you are required to file a Wooster return and pay the correct amount. Akron will give you a credit for what you paid Wooster, either by withhold or filing. 

 

"I was told I would get Wooster city tax credits". You probably misinterpreted that.  You have to pay Wooster tax.  Then Akron gives you a credit for what you paid Wooster.

 

You will need to pay Wooster, then file amended returns for Akron, to get refunds.

 

Since you essentially paid the correct TOTAL tax, just to the wrong cities, you might contact Wooster to see if there's any dispensation available. 

Hal_Al
Level 15

City Tax Credits

I found this with a Google search: https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2017/pb22480/html/info_005.htm

Apparently USPS has not set up a withholding agreement with Wooster. I would think that means you're governed by the following: 

"In addition to the taxes listed in the table, there are other local taxes for which there are no agreements between the individual local taxing authorities and the U.S. Treasury Department. Employees must make their own payments to these taxing authorities. The Postal Service will not collect local taxes for a taxing entity that has not established an agreement with the U.S. Treasury Department."

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