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Get tax clearance

A tax clearance certificate shows that your tax account is in good standing with the City of Philadelphia. This certificate is required in order to obtain some permits and licenses.

To check your tax compliance status and get a tax clearance certificate, visit:

If you have trouble obtaining a clearance certificate on the Tax Center, or have questions, you can contact the Tax Clearance Unit by:

  • Sending an email to; or
  • Calling (215) 686-6565. Please include the following information in your email or phone message:
    Taxpayer Name
    Account Number
    Entity ID (EIN, SSN)
    Property Address (if applicable)
    Compliance Type (ex. Zoning Board, Permits/Licenses)