Upper Providence Township levies a tax on all property transferred from one owner to another. The collection/payment of the tax takes place at the property closing. The total transfer tax on all real property sold in Upper Providence Township is 3% of the sale price. Of the 3%, 1% goes to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 0.5% to the Rose Tree Media School District and 1.5% to Upper Providence Township.
All owners of taxable real property in Upper Providence Township (vacant land or residential, commercial, and other structures) are subject to real estate tax each year. Township tax bills are mailed at the beginning of February every calendar year. Taxes paid by March 31 receive a 2% discount off the face amount. Taxes paid after May 31 will be assessed a 10% penalty over the face amount. All unpaid real estate taxes will be turned over to the Delaware County Tax Claim Bureau in Media for collection no later than January of the following year. The Township Tax books close for collection of taxes by December 31.
Payment can be mailed directly to the post office box show on the bill. Additionally, the Tax Collector schedules several dates before the end of the discount period when taxes can be paid in person.
Upper Providence Township's millage rate for 2020 real estate is 4.235 Mills. Real estate tax is determined by multiplying the millage rate times the assessed value of property dividing by 1,000. The assessed value is shown on the tax bill.
The fee for the certification is $20
Local Services Tax (EMST)
On February 10, 2005, the Upper Providence Township Council adopted an ordinance that replaces the Occupational Privilege Tax (OPT) with the Emergency and Municipal Services Tax (EMST). On June 21, 2007 the Local Tax Enabling Act was amended by Act 7 or 2007, renaming the EMST to the Local Services Tax. Under legislation approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this new tax will cover the costs of services, such as police, fire, emergency services and road construction and maintenance.
All residents and non-residents alike who are employed in Upper Providence Township are required to pay an annual LST of $52. Employees are exempt from paying the LST in any calendar year in which they earn less than $12,000. The Township requires all employers within its boundaries to deduct the $52 LST from each eligible employee and remit to Berkheimer Associates.
To obtain an EMST refund form, view Berkheimer's Tax Innovation website.
Per Capita Tax
Upper Providence Township has abolished its per capita tax by Ordinance 526 effective February 27, 2020. Therefore, the per capita tax bill that you have recently received was sent to you in error. Please disregard this bill.
If you have already sent payment you will be issued a refund.
View the Berkheimer Associates website to find answers for many of your questions.
County & School District Taxes
Delaware County and the Rose Tree Media School District levy separate taxes that are not included on your Upper Providence Township real estate tax bill.
For information about these taxes, contact:
- Delaware County Tax Collections: 610-891-4278
- Rose Tree Media School District: 610-627-6140
Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program
For more information, contact Property Tax Relief: call 717-787-6960 or View the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue website for detailed information and forms.