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Facts & Figures - Pennsylvania

Property taxes for the state of Pennsylvania.

The Keystone State levies property taxes on the local level, through counties, municipalities, and school districts. Only real property (e.g. land and buildings) is taxed, whereas other personal property such as cars and business inventory are untaxed. Some, but not all, counties may tax intangible property such as stocks and bonds.

Property taxes are determined by applying millage rates to a property’s assessed value. The millage rate is established by the various taxing districts (counties, schools, and municipalities); one mill is equal to 1/1,000 of every dollar. Municipalities (cities, townships, and boroughs) are not allowed to levy property taxes that exceed 30 mills of the property’s assessed value, except if courts grant special permission to do so. To find a list of county assessor offices, click here.

In 2006, the governor of Pennsylvania enacted the Special Session Act 1 (which replaced Act 72 of 2004), or the Taxpayer Relief Act, as a way to help relieve the tax burden off the state’s senior citizen population. The income eligibility level for the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program was raised from $15,000 to $35,000 a year, and the maximum rebate was increased from $500 to $650. To qualify, you must be 65 years or older; a widow(er) 50 years or older; or permanently disabled and 18 years or older.

Homeowners now receive:

  • $0 to 8,000 income - $640 maximum rebate
  • $8,001 to $15,000 - $500
  • $15,001 to $18,000 - $300
  • $18,001 to $35,000 - $250

Renters now receive:

  • $0 to $8,000 - $650
  • $8,001 to $15,000 - $500

For more information on this program, click here http://www.revenue.state.pa.us/ptrr/site/default.asp

Forms for property tax rebates:

Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

 

 



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