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Get tax clearance

A tax clearance certificate shows that your City of Philadelphia tax account is in good standing.

Tax clearance certificates are required for many different reasons. You might need one to apply for a permit or license, join a board, get a job with the City, or for another purpose.

Request a tax clearance certificate

You can check your tax compliance status and request a certificate on the Philadelphia Tax Center. You don’t need a username or password to request a tax clearance certificate.

Visit the Philadelphia Tax Center

Visit our Tax Clearance resources webpage to learn how to request a certificate online.

Get help requesting your certificate

If you’re having trouble getting your tax clearance certificate, contact the Department of Revenue’s Tax Clearance Unit. You can email or call (215) 686-6565 for help.

When you contact the Tax Clearance Unit, you’ll need to provide your:

  • Taxpayer name
  • Account number
  • Entity ID (such as a Social Security Number or Employer Identification Number)
  • Property address (if applicable)
  • Compliance type (for example, Zoning Board or permits/licenses).

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