This video from Community Legal Services of Philadelphia provides information on a program from the City of Philadelphia that lets you pay your annual property tax bill in affordable monthly payments, and any interest or penalties on the taxes will be forgiven by the City if you complete your payment plan on time.
Apply here: https://www.phila.gov/services/payments-assistance-taxes/payment-plans/real-estate-tax-installment-plan/
If you are a low-income Philadelphian who needs legal help with your property taxes, visit www.clsphila.org/taxes.
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Are you struggling to pay your yearly property taxes? Consider a Current Year installment plan.
Paying your property taxes is extremely important. If you don’t pay, you can lose your home. This program could help keep you afloat. The City of Philadelphia has a program that lets you pay your annual property tax bill in affordable monthly payments, and any interest or penalties on the taxes will be forgiven by the City if you complete your payment plan on time.
The Current Year Installment Plan takes your yearly tax bill and divides it into equal monthly payments. This allows you to budget an affordable amount monthly instead of having to make a large lump sum once a year.
This program is available for seniors and other households based on income. That means if you are 65 or older you qualify no matter what your income is. You also qualify if you are married and live with your spouse and they are 65 or older, even if you are not. You can also qualify if your household income is below the average household income in the area. Half of Philadelphia households will qualify based on income, so it is important to check if this program is right for you.
The deadline to apply for this program is March 31st, but applying sooner is better. That way you can make sure your complete application is received before the deadline. Once you are approved, you will be automatically re-enrolled each year.
For more information, you can call the Save Your Home Philly hotline at 215-334-4663 to be connected with a trained housing counselor who can help you apply. Or, you can contact the City directly at 215-686-6442.