Homestead Exemption

(Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testifies before City Council's Finance Committee.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Low-Income Advocates Urge City Flexibility on New Property Tax Programs

Jennifer Schultz, of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, testified that the new assessment system known as “AVI” (Actual Value Initiative) left many homeowners confused and scared.


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Deadline For Philadelphia Homestead Exemption Draws Near

The exemption chops 30-thousand dollars off the value of your home, and that in turn decreases your property taxes up to about 400-dollars.


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Homestead Exemption Application Deadline Extended

City officials have extended the Homestead Exemption application deadline to September 13th.



Phila. Lawmakers Urge Eligible Property Owners To Apply For Homestead Exemption

City Council members say their own analysis of new property assessments points to the great need for relief measures for those hit hardest by rising property values.


Michael Nutter (file photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Urges Homeowners To Send In Homestead Exemption Applications Now

Philadelphia residents who want to take advantage of the 2014 homestead exemption have until next summer to apply, but they may want to get that application in by the end of the day today.


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3 On Your Side: Lower Your Real Estate Taxes

Want to lower your real estate taxes? Who doesn’t! Well if you live in Philadelphia, now’s your chance. As 3 On Your Side consumer reporter Jim Donovan explains all you have to do is fill out a form.


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Homestead Applications Being Taken Before Program Is Approved

Starting Friday, Philadelphia homeowners can apply for a homestead exemption — even though the program has not yet even been approved by the state legislature.


(Philadelphia City Council president Darrell Clarke.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

City Council President Clarke Responds To Mayor Nutter’s Controversial Property Tax Plan

City Council President Darrell Clarke on Thursday delivered a shot across the bow to Mayor Nutter’s plan to overhaul property taxes.