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Warning of risk of tax foreclosure

REAL ESTATE TAX NOTIFICATION

If you owe Real Estate Taxes and haven’t entered into a payment agreement with the Department of Revenue, you received this letter. It explains the consequences of not paying your bill, and includes information on how to pay your bill.

You can view the full text of the letter in English here, or any of eight other languages below. If you have any questions, call the Department of Revenue at (215) 686-6442.

Real Estate Taxes for 2021 were due March 31, 2021.  If you don’t pay in full or enter into a payment agreement with the City by December 31, 2021, the City can start the foreclosure process. We know the COVID-19 pandemic has placed uncommon financial stress on many Philadelphia homeowners. In recognition of that stress, many enforcement actions were suspended temporarily last year. Nevertheless, foreclosures are restarting with the gradual reopening of City services.  

Waiting to pay only increases your bill. If your 2021 Real Estate Tax is still unpaid on January 1, 2022 you will face extra costs, such as:

  • January 1, 2022 – Lien charges and interest
  • February 1, 2022 – Penalties, attorney’s fees, and other costs or expenses

If you also owe Real Estate Taxes for previous years, the City can take legal action at any time before December 31, 2021.  For complete balance information, visit www.phila.gov/revenue.

TO PAY THE REAL ESTATE TAX IN FULL
You can pay your bill:

  • Online using the Real Estate Tax portal, remember eCheck is free! (There are fees for debit or credit card payments.)
  • By phone at (877) 309-3710, eCheck over the phone is free! (There are fees for debit or credit card payments.)
  • By mail. Make check, money order, or other certified funds payable to City of Philadelphia – Remember to include your OPA Account Number! Mail to: City of Philadelphia, Department of Revenue, PO Box 8409, Philadelphia, PA  19101-8409.
  • In person. For the health and safety of the public and our staff, taxpayers should schedule an appointment to pay in-person at the Municipal Services Building (1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd). Schedule an appointment at www.phila.gov/revenue. Satellite payment centers remain closed until further notice.

Pay by cash, check, money order, other certified funds, credit or debit. Fees apply for debit or credit payments. Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. – 5 P.M.

CAN’T PAY IN FULL? ENTER INTO A PAYMENT AGREEMENT
You may be eligible for taxpayer assistance programs, including the Homestead Exemption and tax relief.

OWNER-OCCUPIED PAYMENT AGREEMENTS

  • You must have an ownership interest and live in the property to qualify
  • Allows affordable monthly payments based on your income and ability to pay

STANDARD PAYMENT AGREEMENTS

  • You do not need to live in the property to qualify
  • The City will work with you to arrange a payment agreement

Need more help? Free housing counseling and legal services agencies are trained to help homeowners with delinquent Real Estate Taxes. Visit http://www.phila.gov/dhcd/housing-counseling/ to learn more.

BE AWARE OF OTHER CHARGES & LIENS
In addition to Real Estate taxes, other amounts owed to the City of Philadelphia may be filed as liens against the property, including, but not limited to, water and sewer charges, refuse collection fees, and nuisance and demolition fees and fines.  For more information, including amounts due, call:

  • Water Revenue Bureau at (215) 685-6300
  • Refuse Collection Unit at (215) 686-6600
  • Department of Licenses and Inspections (Agency Receivables Unit) at (215) 686-2670 or (215) 686- 6648
  • Have more questions or need help? Email revenue@phila.gov or call (215) 686-6442

Name Description Released Format
Warning of Risk of Tax Foreclosure – 2021 – Spanish PDF Spanish version May 5, 2021
Warning of Risk of Tax Foreclosure – 2021 – Chinese PDF Chinese version May 5, 2021
Warning of Risk of Tax Foreclosure – 2021 – Russian PDF Russian version May 5, 2021
Warning of Risk of Tax Foreclosure – 2021 – Vietnamese PDF Vietnamese version May 5, 2021
Warning of Risk of Tax Foreclosure – 2021 – French PDF French version May 5, 2021
Warning of Risk of Tax Foreclosure – 2021 – Portuguese PDF Portuguese version May 5, 2021
Warning of Risk of Tax Foreclosure – 2021 – Arabic PDF Arabic version May 5, 2021

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