You may have already been racking up monthly interest and penalties on your unpaid 2020 Real Estate Taxes. But if you don’t pay soon, your account could look worse.
Bills for 2020 Real Estate Tax were due on June 15, 2020. As of January 1, any unpaid property taxes mean:
- Additional costs,
- A delinquent status on your balance
- A lien filed against your property, and
- Possibly losing your home at a sheriff sale.
You can say goodbye to these additional burdens, whether your debt is big or small. The Department of Revenue:
- Makes it easy for you to make full or partial payments,
- Offers affordable payment plans, and
- Has programs that could help reduce future tax bills.
Make a payment
To avoid additional charges and the risk of foreclosure, we encourage you to make a payment. There are many easy, secure ways to pay:
- Online – Pay with eCheck (FREE); debit or credit card (fees apply),
- By calling (877) 309-3710 – Pay with eCheck (FREE); debit or credit card (fees apply),
- By mailing a check or money order with your payment coupon to:
Department of Revenue
O. Box 8409
Philadelphia, PA 19101-8409
- By scheduling an in-person payment appointment – Be sure to bring a government-issued photo ID and payment coupon to your appointment.
- IMPORTANT: You must mail a Real Estate Tax payment coupon with your check or money order and when making an in-person payment. Need a new Real Estate Tax coupon? Watch this videoto learn how to print a coupon yourself.
Get help making payments
We know the last year has been difficult for many Philly residents. If you are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to pay at this time, help is available.
The Owner-Occupied Payment Agreement (OOPA), can help any homeowner get current on property taxes. Everyone can apply for an OOPA. The amount you pay per month is based on your income and household size.
You may even qualify for a zero-dollar monthly payment. A lien will remain on your property, but you are protected from a Sheriff Sale.
Call (215) 686-6442 today to ask about an OOPA.
If you are already enrolled in OOPA, and your financial situation has recently changed, you may be able to renegotiate its terms.
The revenue collected from property taxes helps to fund essential City services. This includes emergency management teams, which have made a huge impact in the City’s response to the COVID-19 health emergency.
Furthermore, 55 cents from every dollar received from Real Estate Tax payments go directly to the School District of Philadelphia.
Apply for tax relief
When you pay or get into an agreement, we consider your account to be current. We can then help you apply for programs that reduce future tax bills.
Find out if you qualify for one of our property tax relief programs, including:
- Homestead Exemption. Tax exemption program that helps homeowners save up to $629 a year on property tax bill.
- Low-income senior citizen Real Estate Tax freeze.Income-based senior citizen program that “freezes” Real Estate Taxes, so they never increase in the future.
- Real Estate Tax installment plan. Qualified homeowners may pay current year property taxes in up to 12 monthly installments.
- Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP). Income-based program for homeowners who experience a substantial increase in their property assessment.
- Real Estate Tax deferral program. Income-based program for homeowners with Real Estate Tax increases of 15% or higher.
- Tax credits for Active Duty Reserve and National Guard Members who serve outside of Pennsylvania.