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Pay Taxes

Taxes must be filed and paid based on their filing/payment frequency. Click on the blue E-Pay button to print coupons, register a new business, pay delinquent tax balances, or file BIRT, NPT, SIT, Wage Annual Reconciliation, Tobacco or U&O online.
Check/Money Order

Send in the payment coupon attached to your bill with a check or money order. Be sure to write the tax type and account number on your check.

If you need a payment coupon, click on the blue "E-Pay" button to the left to print one.  Or pay your bill in person with check or money order at one of the three authorized customer service locations.

Returned Checks: If your check is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, (1) you authorize eCollect, LLC to make a one-time electronic funds transfer from your account to collect a fee of $20; and (2) eCollect, LLC may re-present your check electronically to your depository institution for payment. 


The following can be paid on-line by e-check:
    • Real Estate Tax
    • Delinquent tax bills

The following can be paid on-line when filed on-line:
    • Business Income and Receipts Tax 
    • Net Profits Tax 
    • Use & Occupancy Tax 
    • School Income Tax
    • Annual Wage Tax Reconciliation
    • Tobacco Tax
You will need your address or OPA number for real estate taxes. Follow the prompts through the Real Estate Balance Button on the left. For all other taxes you will need your SSN/EIN or Philadelphia tax account number AND Department of Revenue Pin number.  Follow the prompts through the E-Pay button to the left. 

For both you will need your bank's nine digit routing number and your savings or checking account number. Click the Real Estate Balance or E-Pay button for all other taxes on the left side of this page. This service is provided free of charge.

Credit Card/Debit Card

Following the same instructions above for e-check, you can pay the same taxes listed by credit card on-line.  

You can also pay your real estate taxes by credit card over the phone by calling 877-309-3710.  If you experience any problems with this telephone system, please contact customer service at 1-800-487-4567.

The service provider charges a fee of 2.45% for credit cards. Visa debit cards have a $5.95 payment processing fee for all taxes.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

Most tax payments can also be made electronically via our free Electronic Funds Transfer (ACH) program. Applications must be sent in to use this service. These Electronic Fund Transfer payments cannot be made on-line. Please refer to the manual and if you have additional questions or email us.
There are two different types of ACH available. After reviewing the manual fill out and return the appropriate application.

1. ACH Debit - Payments can be initiated via a touch-tone or operator assisted phone call.

2. ACH Credit - Your financial institution debits your bank account and credits the City of Philadelphia's bank account.

Taxpayers with average monthly tax payments above $10,000 must remit their taxes by EFT to Revenue. Failure to do so may result in fines of $500 per occurrence of not paying through EFT.

Interest and Penalty (General)

Failure to pay by the due date will result in the imposition of interest and penalty. 

Effective January 1, 2016, for all taxes except Liquor and Real Estate, the monthly interest rate is .5%.

Effective January 1, 2014 through December 31st, 2015, for all taxes except Liquor and Real Estate, the monthly interest rate is .416% and the penalty rate remains at 1.25%.

For tax returns due on or before December 31, 2013, see table below for penalty. The tax remaining unpaid after the due date is subject to interest at the rate of 1% per month or fraction of each month until December 31st, 2013. 

Elapsed Time after Due Date      Rate of Penalty
1st through 3rd month  1% per month or fraction thereof 4th through 6th month   2% per month or fraction thereof
7th through 9th month  3% per month or fraction thereof
10th through 12th month  4% per month or fraction thereof

Total penalty after 12 months is 30%. Thereafter, penalty is charged at the rate of 1 1/4% per month or fraction thereof.

Interest and Penalty (Real Estate Tax)

Taxes are due by March 31 of the tax year. If a taxpayer fails to pay his/her Real Estate Taxes by March 31, additional charges, called additions, accrue on the principal amount of the tax at the rate of 1.5% per month, beginning April 1 until January 1 of the following year. This results in an additional maximum charge of 15% of the principal amount due. If the taxes remain unpaid as of such January 1, the 15% addition is added into the principal balance, the taxes are registered delinquent and liens are filed in the amount of the total delinquency, including additions (the “Tax Claim Principal Amount”).

Beginning in February and ending in August of the year in which the lien is filed, penalties accrue on the Tax Claim Principal Amount at the rate of 1% per month. The total penalty, which aggregates to seven percent, accrues only during the period from February to August. Interest also accrues on the Tax Claim Principal Amount at the rate of .5% per month, or 6% per annum, beginning January 1 of the year in which the lien was filed and continues to accrue until taxes are satisfied. Legislation was passed April 3, 1997 that raised the rate at which interest accrues on the Tax Claim Principal Amount to .75% per month or 9% per annum. Such interest rates are effective beginning July 1, 1997. Collection costs related to the Tax Claims are also charged at the time of settlement.

Elapsed Time after Due Date         Rate of Penalty
April   1.5%
May      3%
June   4.5%
July      6%
August   7.5%
September      9%
October 10.5%
November    12%
December 13.5%

Total additions of 1.5% from April to January is 15%.

You have the right to appeal any interest and penalty charges. Click here to download the Petition for Waiver of Interest and Penalty under $50,000.

Having Difficulty Using Our E-Pay Site?
    • For trouble with your PIN, accessing the online site, making credit card, debit card, or e-check payments, call: 215-686-6628 or 215-686-6354.
Questions about Electronic Funds Transfer (ACH)?
    • For ACH Debit questions, call: 215-686-6582
    • For ACH Credit questions, call: 215-686-6579.
Have questions about your account?
    • For general account questions, call: 215-686-6600.
    • For Real Estate Tax questions, call: 215-686-6442

Events and Due Dates

  • Sep 25, 2016
    Monthly Use and Occupancy Tax Due
  • Sep 25, 2016
    Monthly Liquor Tax Due
  • Oct 15, 2016
    Monthly Wage, Amusement, Hotel, Outdoor Advertising, Parking, Valet Parking, Vehicle Rental Taxes Due
  • Oct 25, 2016
    Monthly Use and Occupancy Tax Due

Top Tax FAQs

  • Why did I receive a tax bill or being sued if I no longer operate a business in the city?
  • Can I use a tax preparation software from a vendor, such as Turbo Tax, to prepare my tax returns?
  • I can’t get through on the phone when I call
  • If I have incurred an overall loss and no tax is due, must I file a Net Profits Tax return?
  • I want to start a business in Philadelphia. Which taxes do I have to pay and how do I register?