The Chester County tax bills are sent out on January 15th each year. Municipal bills are sent out February 1st each year.
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All checks must be made out to "Chester County Treasurer".
For County annual tax bills, we have three payment periods after the tax bills are mailed on January 15:
1. 60 day 2% discount period from Jan 15 (Due on Mar 16)
2. Face value due during the 60 days after the discount payment period (Due May 15)
3. Payment made after the face value date incurs a 10 % penalty for payments made up to December 31 of current year.
The last date for payment must be postmarked or paid by December 31st of the current year, no later. No exceptions.
Tax bills are normally sent to person on record listed as the property owner. However, if your property is mortgaged, one of two billing events can occur:
The ultimate responsibility for payment of the real estate tax in Chester County rests with the property owner even though they may not have received their tax bill. If you have not received a tax bill, contact our office and speak with a representative about how to correct the problem. If there has been a change of address, and this is causing your tax bill to be mailed to an incorrect address, the property owner must contact the County Assessment Office to complete the required forms to change the mailing address. Also, it is the responsibility of the property owner to notify the Treasurer's Office of the address change so that the tax bill can be mailed to the correct address.
You must send a written request to the Assessment Office, 313 W Market St West Chester, PA 19382
You can pay online, via postal mail, or in person. Tax bill payments are also accepted at any Chester County branch of DNB First. For more information, visit the Treasurer's Office website.
The Office collects for some townships and boroughs but not for school districts. The authority for your school tax is the school district in which you reside. Any township tax imposed on your residence is under the authority of your local municipality. Municipalities Collected By Chester County Treasurer (listed by municipal number and name):
01 - West Chester
06 – Oxford
07 – Atglen
09 – South Coatesville
10 – Modena
12 - Honey Brook Borough
28 - West Caln Twp
29 – West Brandywine Twp
34 - West Pikeland Twp
35 – Charlestown Twp
47 - East Fallowfield Twp
51 – East Bradford Twp
54 – Willistown Twp
55 - Easttown Twp
58 - Penn Twp
60 – New Garden Twp
63 – Pocopson Twp
72 - Franklin Twp
The current county tax rate is 4.369 (last updated on 02/02/2017)
No, Chester County Government is not the tax authority for the Local Earned Income Tax. This tax is imposed by local cities, boroughs, townships and the like, and may vary from community to community. The PA Department of Community & Economic Development website contains specific information about the many local taxing authorities throughout the state. Please contact your local township/borough with any questions regarding the Local Earned Income Tax.
Simply provide the top portion of your tax bill along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, when mailing your payment. The top portion is stamped "PAID", and returned to you via postal mail.
Tax Certification requested in person are completed while you wait. For request/payment by mail, the process takes one to two weeks from the date the request is mailed. We do not accept Tax Certifications by FAX.
Under Chester County Ordinance #2017-1, every business holding itself out as a “hotel” must apply a 5% tax to each and every rental of a room with a bed. Other communities throughout the country sometimes refer to this type of tax as a bed tax, lodging tax, occupancy tax or transiency tax. Depending on the size or class of the county and the intended use of the collected revenue, some counties may apply a higher tax rate. In Chester County all but 4% of collected hotel tax dollars is paid over to the Chester County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. The intended purpose is to provide the CCCVB with enough funding to allow them to market Chester County in a highly competitive tourism market. The process is cyclical in nature. That is, we generate revenue through taxes from transients in order to successfully promote our community to those we hope will return again. One half of all proceeds are used to fund a grant program administered by the CCCVB. Visit the CCCVB website for more information on this program.
Complete the Hotel Room Rental Tax Registration Form and send to the Office of the Treasurer.
Permanent residents, anyone occupying or possessing the right to occupy a room, for 30 consecutive nights or longer, are exempt. PA State and Federal employees, on official business, are also exempt.
Hotel Tax Forms
Hotels must submit a tax report by midnight of the 25th day after the close of each calendar month. If your mailing is post-marked before the 25th day of the subsequent month, you will be on time and avoid a penalty.
All hotels must submit a Hotel Room Rental Tax Report on a monthly basis, unless they meet the requirements of Resolution 40.01, which allows for quarterly reporting if certain criteria are met. Contact the Hotel Tax Auditor to see if you qualify.
The meal exemption was intended to provide a small measure of tax relief to those whose hotel bill includes a meal and a room in the same basic charge. The exemption applies to only that portion of the charge, which addresses the meal. Because this charge is not separately identifiable, the allowable exemption rate is stated on the Hotel Room Rental Tax Report. This exemption should NOT be treated as a discount, nor is it intended to serve as an additional source of revenue to the hotelier. If this is difficult to apply, contact the Hotel Tax Auditor for assistance.
Hunting licenses are issued for a fiscal year. Your license will expire on June 30 of the same calendar year.
Yes, you can purchase a license online through the PA Fish & Boat Commission or at a local sporting goods retailer if they are a state agent for the sale of fishing or hunting licenses.
You must be a Pennsylvania resident 65 years of age, or older to apply for a lifetime license.
All dogs, 3 months of age or older, are required by the State of Pennsylvania to have a valid dog license. Lack of compliance could result in a fine of up to $500.
Dog licenses can be purchased online, at the Treasurer's Office and at other locations throughout Chester County. Visit our Dog License page for options.
Dog licenses can be purchased for a calendar year and then renewed annually, or you can purchase a lifetime license if your dog is microchipped. For details, visit our website.
If a lost dog is found, please contact the Treasurer's Office at 610-344-6370 during normal business hours (8:30am-4:30pm) and provide the tag number and the year on the front of the tag. If you find a dog outside of regular business hours, call the Chester County SPCA at 610-692-6113. They may be able to shelter the dog until the owner can be found.
No, licenses are only available to not-for-profit organizations.
A replacement permit can be obtained for a $6 fee. Visit our website for details.
Refunds for overpayment or duplicate payments can occur. If you are in doubt as to why you received a check, please contact us at 610-344-6370 or email.
The check may represent the amount provided as a one-time death benefit for veterans of the Armed Forces. All inquiries for this activity should be directed to the Department of Veterans' Affairs at 610-344-6375.