Is your business struggling to pay taxes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? The Philadelphia Department of Revenue has payment agreements designed help you get back on track.

Last summer we released a new plan to support businesses that need help recovering from the pandemic. It’s almost a full year later, but you can still request this agreement if you:

  • Can’t pay business taxes due after March 1, 2020 in full, and
  • Did not owe taxes before that date.

To apply, email or call (215) 686-6600. Please write “Business Recovery Payment Agreement” in the Subject line.

If eligible, your business will have up to 12 months to pay any outstanding Philadelphia tax. We’ll help you calculate how much you would pay each month.
There are other benefits:

  • You’re not required to give a down payment, and
  • You could be excused from paying any interest or penalties.

Remember, May 17, 2021 is the last day to file and pay 2020 BIRT, NPT, Earnings and SIT without interest and penalties.

Other plans also available

If you are already on a payment agreement, you may be able to renegotiate its terms. But this will be done on a case-by-case basis.

If you DO owe taxes that were due before March 2020, you can continue to use the City of Philadelphia’s standard or preferred payment agreements.

A standard payment agreement is for a business that successfully completed more than one agreement, or defaulted on any agreement, in the past.

A preferred payment agreement is for a business that has never requested an agreement before, or successfully completed just one agreement in the past.

Enrolling in either of these options means we consider you to be in compliance.

To apply for any payment agreement, or to ask questions:

  • Email, or
  • Call (215) 686-6600.

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