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Pennsylvania Property Tax

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Editor’s Note: For purposes of this article, we will discuss taxes on real property in Pennsylvania.

While federal tax rates are the same across the board, state real property taxes are another story. In addition to income state taxes, any individual who owns real property is subject to state real property taxes.

Property tax is a system of taxation that requires owners of land and buildings to pay an amount of money based on the value of their land and buildings.

Who Owes Pennsylvania Property Tax? property taxes

If you own property in Pennsylvania you will be required to pay taxes on it. Even if the property was gifted to you through an estate or you own a rental property, you are still required to pay real property taxes.

There is no minimum or maximum amount to pay on your property in Pennsylvania to pay property taxes. Whether you have a $50,000 or $5,000,000 house, you will owe property taxes in Pennsylvania.

If your property was purchased mid-year, there is a chance your realtor will work it out that you and the seller split the cost of property taxes within the calendar year. Your mortgage interest statement provides documentation if this is the case or not.

What is the PA Property Tax Rate?

The PA property tax rates vary from county to county. Local governments within the state use various methods to calculate your real property tax base.

Overall, Pennsylvania has property tax rate that exceeds the national average. The average effective property tax rate in Pennsylvania is 1.58%, compared to the national average of 1.08%.

Median Property Taxes In Pennsylvania By County

Adams County
Allegheny County
Armstrong County
Beaver County
Bedford County
Berks County
Blair County
Bradford County
Bucks County
Butler County
Cambria County
Cameron County
Carbon County
Centre County
Chester County
Clarion County
Clearfield County
Clinton County
Columbia County
Crawford County
Cumberland County
Dauphin County
Delaware County
Elk County
Erie County
Fayette County
Forest County
Franklin County
Fulton County
Greene County
Huntingdon County
Indiana County
Jefferson County
Juniata County
Lackawanna County
Lancaster County
Lawrence County
Lebanon County
Lehigh County
Luzerne County
Lycoming County
McKean County
Mercer County
Mifflin County
Monroe County
Montgomery County
Montour County
Northampton County
Northumberland County
Perry County
Philadelphia County
Pike County
Potter County
Schuylkill County
Snyder County
Somerset County
Sullivan County
Susquehanna County
Tioga County
Union County
Venango County
Warren County
Washington County
Wayne County
Westmoreland County
Wyoming County
York County

(Source: Tax-Rates.org)

What Are Pennsylvania Property Taxes Used For?

The money collected by Pennsylvania is used for multiple public services throughout the state. It could be used for:

  • First responders and other law enforcement
  • General government services
  • Local levies
  • Municipal infrastructure and land construction or improvements
  • Municipal employees’ pay
  • Resident services like garbage pickup
  • Recreational services
  • Protective services

How Do You Pay Property Tax in PA?

After you purchase a property, you can set up your real property taxes to be paid in escrow.

If you already own a property, and are not sure if you are paying them or not, view your mortgage statement, and make sure it includes:

  • Principal
  • Interest
  • Homeowner’s insurance
  • PA property taxes

Visit the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue website for more information.

When Do You Have to Pay PA Property Taxes?

Property taxes in Pennsylvania are due on March 31 each year. If your PA property taxes are drawn monthly, you should have no remaining balance at this deadline.

You can receive a 1% discount for paying your bill on or before the last day of February. (The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue mails Real Estate Tax returns to property owners in December.)

Where To Go For More Property Tax Help

Gauging how the property tax is calculated and the proper amount is important, otherwise, you may be paying too much, too little, or not at all. Beyond this, there is a federal real estate tax deduction you can take if you itemize. But to determine how much the deduction is, who gets it, and when can be tricky.

If you’re looking for additional support with your Pennsylvania tax questions, look no further than H&R Block Virtual. We’ll pair you with a tax pro with state-specific expertise. You can have your taxes done by a real tax pro without visiting an office.

Prefer a different way to file? No problem – you can find Pennsylvania state tax expertise with all of our ways to file taxes.

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