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Philadelphia Real Estate Tax Update

The City of Philadelphia will be moving to property assessments based on Actual Values for Tax Year 2014. This change will help to provide fair, accurate, and understandable tax assessments and bills.

Tax Year 2013

For the Tax Year 2013, based on recently passed local legislation, the City will be using values certified for tax year 2011 to calculate tax bills, with adjustments for subsequent improvements, demolition and destruction.

Tax Year 2014

To prepare for using Actual Values for tax assessments for Tax Year 2014 and beyond, the City will mail property owners notices of assessment change in February 2013 to alert them to the new values.

Homestead Exemption

Along with the new values, the City will be introducing a new tax relief program for homeowners called the Homestead Exemption beginning in Tax Year 2014. If you have already submitted an application for the Homestead Exemption, it will be processed and held for Tax Year 2014 and future years. If you have not already applied, you will receive an application in the mail around Labor Day, 2012.

Applications received by November 15, 2012 will be reflected on the Assessment Change Notices going out in February 2013. Applications received after that will continue to be processed, but may not be shown on the Assessment Change Notices. This program will not be in effect for Tax Year 2013 and applications do not have to be submitted by July 31st, as previously announced.

In addition to the Homestead Exemption, the City will continue to offer installment payment programs for low-income Philadelphians and the tax freeze program for low-income seniors. The Pennsylvania Property Tax and Rent rebate program for eligible seniors and the disabled will also remain available.

Posted: August 2012

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