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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

For those organizations that received notification about providing documentation to support their Non-Profit Tax Exemption status, the deadline for submitting documentation to the Office of Property Assessment has been extended to June 1, 2015.

Additionally, any affected organization can simply submit a copy of the completed form, and a copy of its IRS letter of determination for 501(c)(3) recognition, and can disregard the request for other documentation.


A selection of terms relating to Non-Profits.

  • Non-Profit Tax Exemption
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