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City of Philadelphia

Senior Citizen Programs

There may be additional water and tax payment options available to you under the link for low income/hardship payment agreements. Review documents required to show proof of age, income, and occupancy for each agreement type.

Senior Citizen Water Bill Discount

To receive a discount of 25% on your water and sewer bill, you must:
  • Be the customer of record
  • Be at least 65 years of age
  • Have a total annual income (for all household members) not exceeding $31,500.

Low Income Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Freeze

The City of Philadelphia Revenue Department will "freeze" your Real Estate Tax if you meet certain age and income requirements. Once approved, if your assessment changes or the tax rate changes, your tax due will not increase. If the tax liability decreases (either due to a rate decrease or a lower assessment), the tax due will also be lowered to the new amount.  

Income Requirements:

  • $23,500 or less for a single person; or 
  • $31,500 or less for a married couple

Age Requirements:
  • Aged 65 years or older; or
  • Spouse (in the same household) is aged 65 years or older; or
  • Aged 50 years or older AND is a widow or widower of someone who was aged 65 years or older

You must send proof of age with your application. Do not send original documents; only photocopies will be accepted. Examples of proof of age are a Social Security award letter, driver's license or birth certificate. Any document that clearly shows a date of birth will be accepted for consideration.

Complete the application on household income section as indicated. Documentation for proof of income may be requested at the discretion of the department. Revenue is authorized to perform an income verification check with the Internal Revenue Service and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Bureau of Individual Taxes. If at any time your income is found to exceed the program limits, you will be billed for additional monies due. 

Mail to:
Philadelphia Department of Revenue 
P.O. Box 53190
Philadelphia, PA 19105

Also look at the low income hardship agreement options for additional bill payment assistance.

Senior Discount

Proof of age for the applicant and spouse
  • Birth Certificate
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Water Bill
  • Phone Bill
  • Lease or Mortgage
Total Household Income
  • Tax Return

Due Dates