FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker
Parker urges homeowners to apply for homestead exemption
HARRISBURG, June 4 – State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker, D-Phila., said all Philadelphia homeowners should seize the opportunity to apply for a real estate tax relief homestead exemption.
"Philadelphia homeowners have until July 31, 2012 to apply for a 2013 tax year exemption," Parker said. "I encourage them to do so immediately."
Statewide homestead exemption was enacted in Pennsylvania in 1997. Philadelphia was not part of the original legislation. However, S.B. 1301, now being considered by the General Assembly, would include Philadelphia in the program.
Parker, who chairs the House Philadelphia Delegation, said under the homestead exemption, the assessed value of each eligible primary residence is reduced by the amount of the exclusion before real estate taxes are computed.
"The homestead real estate tax exclusion will not be available for properties located within the City of Philadelphia unless and until enabling legislation is enacted by the Commonwealth and a City of Philadelphia ordinance providing for such an exclusion is in effect," Parker said, "but I want to make certain that Philadelphia homeowners are not left out of the opportunity because we waited to let them know about the potential exemption."
Pending legislative action, in order to receive property tax relief for tax year 2013, the Real Estate Tax Relief Homestead Exemption application must be filed with the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment no later than July 31.
All applications will be processed and homeowners will be notified if they have qualified, as well as the amount of their tax relief, when they receive their real estate tax assessment in the fall.
Applications received after the July 31 deadline will be considered for the 2014 tax year.
The application form and instructions are available on www.phila.gov/pdfs/homestead_application.pdf. The application must be mailed to the Office of Property Assessment, P.O. Box 337, Willow Grove, PA 19090. Additional information is available by calling the OPA office at 215-686-9200.
"This is too critical an opportunity for Philadelphia homeowners to wait," Parker said.