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TAX FAQ's

Tax FAQs

Business Tax:

For any other questions contact the Department of Finance:

  • For general City tax questions call Taxpayer Services at: 412-255-8822
  • For tax forms call our Forms Line at: 412-255-2524
  • For Parking Tax questions call: 412-255-2536
  • For Amusement Tax questions call: 412-255-2547
  • For questions regarding Registering a new Business call: 412-255-2543

Real Estate Tax Faqs

Address changes can be made over the phone by calling 412-255-2525,.

This change is in effect until December 31st of each year.

o Permanent address changes must be done through the Allegheny County Treasurer’s office at 412-350-4100.

You can request by letter by writing to:

City of Pittsburgh
Real Estate Tax Dept.,
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Yes, you can pay with American Express, Discover Card, Master Card or Visa.

Starting in 2015, Debit cards and Electronic checks are also acceptable forms of payment; *The cost for a Debit card is 2.35% of the total transaction; * The Electronic Check (E-Check) is a flat $1.25 no matter the amount of tax due.

Click here to pay either credit card of electronic check online.

Yes, there is a convenience fee of 2.35% of the payment amount.

This fee is separate from the Real Estate Tax payment and is paid to Paymentus, Inc.

It will be calculated by Paymentus at the time you make your tax payment.

City, School and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Real Estate Taxes are billed on the fair market value of the property as determined by the Allegheny County Office of Property Assessments.

The 2016 City Real Estate Tax rate is 8.06 mills.

The 2016 School District Real Estate Tax rate is 9.84 mills.

The 2016 Carnegie Library Real Estate Tax rate is 0.25 mills.

A mil is 1/10 of a cent.

For every $1,000.00 of assessment:

  • The City Tax would be $8.06.
  • The School District Tax would be $9.84.
  • The Carnegie Library Tax would be $0.25.

Real Estate Taxes were billed in January.

The gross amount is due February 29, 2017.

  • A 2% discount is available if paid in full by February 10th, 2016 Real Estate Taxes can also be paid in installments.

aThe first installment is due by February 29, 2017,

The second is due by April 30, 2017,

The third is due by July 31, 2017.

  • A 2% discount can be taken on the 1st installment only if it is paid by February 10, 2016.

Yes, if you are having difficulty paying your taxes, the City of Pittsburgh does offer payment plans and hardship plans if you qualify.

Please call the Real Estate Office at 412-255-2525 for information.

If you fail to pay your taxes and you owe taxes for at least one prior year, the City, School District of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library will file a lien through Jordan Tax Service against your property.

Your property can also be sold in a Treasurer’s Sale for the tax delinquency.

We strongly urge you to contact Jordan Tax Service at 412-345-7960 to make payment arrangements to avoid this possibility.

Yes, there are two tax relief programs in the City of Pittsburgh:

Homestead Tax Exemption-(Act 50)

  • Offered by the City of Pittsburgh since 2001, this program reduces the taxable value of your home.
  • The 2016 City of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library Homestead reduction is $15,000 – a tax savings of $120.90 and $3.75, respectively.
  • (Act 1) Offered by the School District of Pittsburgh since 2009. The reduction amount can vary from year to year, based on gaming revenue. For 2016, the reduction is $29,447, a tax savings of $289.76.
  • A 2% discount is available if paid in full by February 10th, 2016 Real Estate Taxes can also be paid in installments.
  • To receive the Homestead Exemption, the property must be owner occupied. Taxpayers who have applied for the Allegheny County Homestead program will automatically receive the City, School District and Carnegie Library exemption; you do not have to submit a separate application.

Senior Tax Relief (Act 77)

  • This program is available to eligible owners.
  • For 2016, the reduction has been increased to 40% of the full value assessment.
  • * For more information on eligibility requirements please call 412-255-2525. For application forms for this tax relief program, visit here

The City, School District and Carnegie Library offer several tax abatement programs for both residential (Act 42) and commercial improvements (LERTA).

Allegheny County also participates in several of the programs.

Details on these programs can be found in the Abatement Table.

The first year this tax was assessed was 2012.

On November 8, 2011 voters in the City of Pittsburgh overwhelmingly approved a 0.25 mill special tax (equivalent to $25 per year on $100,000 of assessed property) on all taxable real estate in the City of Pittsburgh to be allocated and used only for the operation and maintenance of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

Allegheny County also participates in several of the programs.

For 2016, the Carnegie Library tax due is on the same bill as your City and School District property taxes.