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Non-Profit Tax Exemption

Qualifying not-for-profit organizations are eligible for a Real Estate Tax Exemption from the City of Philadelphia, as long as the use of the property is within the scope of the organization’s tax-exempt purpose.
Non-profit organizations typically perform activities and provide valuable services that benefit Philadelphians. The scale of some of these services would be threatened if the organization was subject to taxes. By providing a non-profit with indirect financial support (through the tax exemption), the City actually receives a direct benefit in return, as the organization is performing an activity that relieves some burden that would otherwise fall to the City. 
Is your organization eligible?
To start the process of seeking a Non-Profit Tax Exemption for your organization, complete the application.

Non-Profit Tax Exemption Audit Update

In February 2015, the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) mailed a request for information to all Philadelphia non-profit organizations currently enjoying tax exempt status. However, due to a recent change in legislation, while the OPA remains responsible for performing audits to determine whether properties remain eligible for an exemption from Real Estate Taxes, property owners are no longer required to certify the exempt status of their properties on an annual basis.

Therefore, any organization that has not yet submitted the information required for annual certification is not required to do so.

For those entities that have already submitted the information required for certification, the OPA thanks you for your response. The information provided will be used to help ensure that the records of the OPA are current and complete.

For questions or concerns, please contact Terri Ginter at 215-686-9282 or Joe Solomon at 215-686-6488.


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  • Non-Profit Tax Exemption
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