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First Level Review & Appeals

In April 2019, Notices of Proposed Valuation are being sent out for Tax Year 2020 (TY20). The NOTICE IS NOT A BILL—it is informing you of the new proposed value for your property and contains important information that will impact your tax bill. If you do not receive a Notice, it means there has been no change in your property's value from the previous year.

The First Level Review (FLR) process has been put in place for property owners who believe the new proposed value of their property for TY20 is incorrect. Forms to request an FLR have been included in the April mailing. If you do not receive or misplace your FLR form, please contact 215-686-9200 to request a replacement form.

The FLR process is as follows:

  • Complete and submit the FLR request form—one FLR form per parcel—and include any additional information for the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) to consider, such as photos or recent appraisals, by May 24, 2019
    • Based on the submitted information, the Evaluator may decrease, increase or keep the assessed value the same.

Commercial/Multi-Family properties that receive an assessment notice for TY20 and wish to file an FLR, must also include income and expense forms for the last two years (2017 and 2018). The forms are below:

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the review or decide to skip the FLR process altogether, you may file a Formal Appeal with the Board of Revision of Taxes (BRT). Formal appeals are due to the BRT by the first Monday in October (October 7, 2019).