Now Is the Time for Your Clients to Make Good on Their Back-Taxes

It’s been almost 25 years since the last Philadelphia Tax Amnesty. For tax delinquents who miss this one, there will never be another.

May 27, 2010
Sponsored by Philadelphia Tax Amnesty

For the first time since 1986, the City of Philadelphia is offering individuals and businesses delinquent in paying city taxes an opportunity to settle up on what they owe. The City has tax delinquents in almost all of the 50 states with the highest concentration in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, California, Delaware and Florida.

The Philadelphia Tax Amnesty program is a one-time, 54-day opportunity for individuals and businesses who owe back taxes to the City and School District to settle up with no penalties and only half the interest. The program runs from May 3, 2010 through June 25, 2010. Almost all City and School District of Philadelphia taxes are eligible, including Real Estate tax, Business Privilege tax, Wage tax, Net Profits tax and Liquor Sales tax.

For tax delinquents who miss this one, those debts will never be eligible again. So now’s the time for your clients to act. Once the program is over, the City will be cracking down with swift legal action, additional penalties and interest and possible seizure of property.

The key points of the Philadelphia Tax Amnesty Program include:

  • What it is: A limited-time program that allows individuals and businesses who owe Philadelphia back-taxes to come forward and clear up their debts.
  • Duration: 54 days, beginning on May 3, 2010 and ending on June 25, 2010 at 11:59 pm.
  • Eligibility: Anyone who lives, works, owns property or does business in the City of Philadelphia and owes outstanding taxes to the City is eligible to participate:

    • Except: Anyone who is a subject of a criminal investigation or is a defendant in a criminal complaint related to City or School District of Philadelphia taxes or who has participated in a prior Philadelphia Tax Amnesty program is not eligible to participate.

  • Years covered:Tax liabilities to the City of Philadelphia incurred from February 1, 1986 to June 30, 2009.

Those who do not participate and settle up back taxes before the end of the amnesty period:

  • Will have their tax debts turned over to lawyers or a third party collection agency for further action.
  • May be charged new penalties, including fines of up to $5,000.
  • May be subject to lawsuits and other actions allowed by law, including the seizure and sale of property.

For a complete list of eligible taxes and information on how to participate, visit www.PhillyTaxAmnesty.com or call 1-877-645-4108 (Monday through Thursday, 8 am to 9 pm: Friday, 8 am to 6 pm; and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm).