Council approves change to Annual Income Tax Penalty Fees

At a recent meeting, Camden Council members approved a change to the timeline for penalty fee assessment on the annual 1% income tax collected for those who live and work in Camden.  In the past, the income tax was due quarterly throughout the year and if not paid, residents/employees would be charged a penalty fee beginning in January next year. Beginning with the 2020 tax year (for which taxpayers will file their taxes between Jan 1 –  April 15, 2021), though, there are no penalties or fees assigned or due unless an individual does not pay the 1% income tax amount due for 2020 by the normal April 15, 2021 deadline for filing 2020 taxes.

In other words, when you file you federal, state and school taxes for 2020, make sure you also pay your 1% Village of Camden Income Tax by the April 15, 2021 deadline to avoid penalties.

HOW TO PAY YOUR CAMDEN INCOME TAXES:  Camden has contracted with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) to collect the tax.  RITA offers a full range of online filing and mail-in payment options for your convenience on the RITA Website.

A little history about Camden’s 1% Income Tax

In 2015, Camden Council approved a 1% income tax for anyone who lives and/or works in Camden. At that time, the village contracted with the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA) to collect those taxes.

Please note RITA is just one of several agencies approved to collect income taxes for Ohio municipalities.  RITA also collects taxes for Eaton (1.5%), Gratis (1%) and West Elkton (1%).  Other agencies collect for some Preble County towns (i.e., West Alexandria (1%), Lewisburg (1.75%).

Camden’s mandatory income tax is levied on Camden residents who are 18 years and older and who have earned taxable wages. This includes salaries, hourly wages, commissions and other compensation, as well as on net profits from business operations and rental activities.

Residents must file a return for Camden’s income tax annually. In some cases, employers may take the tax out of an employee’s paycheck, but in most cases, residents are responsible for paying this income tax when they file their annual taxes.

Residents of Camden who do not have taxable income (retired, active duty military, etc.) may file an exemption form with RITA directly. After filing the exemption form, and approved by RITA, qualified residents will no longer be required to file a City of Fairborn tax return unless or until their status changes (return to work, purchase a rental property, etc.). Residents who are on social security and medicaid do not have to pay the income tax, but must also file an exemption with RITA.


RITA offers a full range of online filing and payment options for your convenience on the RITA Website. You can pay your taxes quarterly throughout the year, or you may file a return when you file your normal federal and state income taxes. The prior year’s taxes must be paid by the federal April 15th deadline each year to avoid penalties.

When sending by mail, all forms and payments should be mailed directly to RITA at the address on the form. All other correspondence should be sent to:

P.O. Box 47790
Broadview Heights, OH 44147-7900

For assistance, you may call RITA at 800-860-7482, or the City of Fairborn Income Tax Division at 937-754-3006. For more information, check out these RITA links: