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The City and the School District of Philadelphia impose a tax on all real estate in the City. The Office of Property Assessment determines the value of the property on which the taxes must be paid. Real Estate Tax bills are normally sent out annually in December for the following year. Real estate tax payments are due and payable on March 31. If you pay your bill on or before the last day of February, you receive a 1% discount. If you pay after March 31, you are subject to increased charges which are collectively called "additions". At year-end these charges are capitalized and become tax principal on which interest and penalty will accrue. In addition, a municipal lien is placed on the property.

If you have a mortgage, your tax bill may be sent directly to your mortgage company for payment from your escrow fund. 

Assistance Programs/Exemptions and Abatements

The Department of Revenue offers programs for low income owner-occupied households and senior citizens.  

Visit the Office of Property Assessment to learn about exemptions and abatements offered by the City including but not limited to: tax abatements for new construction and improved properties; the homestead exemption; nonprofit exemptions; disabled veterans exemptions; and recourse for catastrophic loss.

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania offers low income senior citizens a property tax rebate. For more information, visit their website to apply for a rebate application form or call the Commonwealth's Philadelphia District Office at (215) 560-2056. A receipt for real estate taxes paid to the City is not necessary to apply for the Commonwealth's Property Tax Rebate.

Real Estate Landlords

Landlords who live in the property and rent out a portion, such as a duplex, triplex or quad where are all units are residential are required to:

  • Purchase a yearly Residential Rental Property License from Licenses and Inspections for each unit and
  • File School Income Tax (SIT).
If there is a commercial tenant in any unit the owner is required to:
  • Obtain a Commercial Activity License from Licenses and Inspections,
  • File the Business Income & Receipts Tax and,
  • File the Net Profit Tax.
If the owner does not live in the property or if 5 or more units are owned on one property, even if one of the units is the residence of the owner, the owner is required to:
  • Obtain a Commercial Activity License from Licenses and Inspections,
  • Purchase the yearly Residential Rental Property License for each unit from Licenses and Inspections,
  • File the Business Income & Receipts Tax and,
  • File the Net Profit Tax.

Forcing a Sheriff's Sale

Anyone, other than the owner, may request that a delinquent property be taken to Sheriff Sale through the Sheriff's Tax Sale Escrow Program. The program covers any property that is subject to a municipal lien and is Real Estate tax delinquent. You can view the property's status by clicking here or by clicking the blue Real Estate Balance button along the left side of the Revenue home page. Properties under a delinquent payment agreement (AGRE), or having collections being pursued by Linebarger, Goggan, Blair & Sampson (LBR) or Goehring, Rutter & Boehm (GRB) Collections Agencies are not eligible under this program. Bankruptcy status does not show on the website, but will be checked upon receipt of your application. If the account is in bankruptcy, your request will be denied.

Any taxpayer, other than the owner, may request the Department of Revenue to certify the property for Sheriff Sale. A certified check or money order made payable to the "City of Philadelphia" in the amount of $1,600 is required. Bring payment to the Judicial Sales Unit in the Municipal Services Building, Public Concourse Level, 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102.

The requestor must agree to attend and bid at the sale. If the requestor's bid is successful, the $1,600 will be credited to the total amount of the bid. If the requestor is outbid, the $1,600 will be returned to the requestor without interest. If the taxpayer does not attend the Sheriff's Sale or does not bid on the property, the deposit will be forfeited.

Sheriff's Tax Sale Escrow Program Application


Tax Type Code

Effective Tax Year 2016:
     .6317% (City)
+   .7681% (School)
= 1.3998% (Total)

Mail Payments with Coupon to
Philadelphia Dept. of Revenue  
PO Box 8409 
Philadelphia, PA 19101-8409

Top Real Estate FAQs

  • How do I take a property to Sheriff Sale?
  • Why does the city have such a large real estate tax delinquency balance?
  • My spouse/family member passed away and the bill was in their name, how do I get the bill in my name?
  • How do I get the real estate rebate?
  • I think my property is not valued correctly, who do I contact?