Please find answers to the most common questions asked by township residents, mortgage and real estate conveyance companies below
When should I expect to receive my tax bills?
The combined property tax bill for Bucks County and Doylestown Township was mailed on February 28th. If you haven't received it by March 15th, please call the tax office at 267-247-5066.
The property tax bill for the Central Bucks School District is scheduled to be mailed by July 1, 2018.
Why are there three different payment amounts and due dates listed on my bill?
You will notice the amount to pay increases as the due date becomes later. You are entitled to pay your bill at a 2% discount during the discount period. You can pay the full amount during the face period and you must pay a 10% penalty during the penalty period
County & Township tax bill due dates:
- April 30th – 2% discount period ends
- June 30th – face amount period ends
- December 31st – 10% penalty period ends
School tax bill due dates:
- August 31st – 2% discount period ends
- October 31st – face amount period ends
- December 31st – 10% penalty period ends
Do tax payments postmarked by the due date qualify as on time?
Yes. As long as the postmark for your tax bill payment is on or before the due date, your payment is counted as on time and will qualify for any discounts available for that billing period.
Please note: Postage meter dates DO NOT qualify! Only official United States Postal Service postmarks are acceptable.
What happens if the tax payment due date falls on a Sunday or a holiday?
If the tax payment due date falls on a Sunday or a holiday, the postmark of the next business day will qualify your payment as on time for that billing period.
How do I get a duplicate copy of my tax bill if I can't find the original?
If you would like a printed duplicate of your bill free of charge, you may come to the tax office during office hours.
If you are the property owner, you can request an electronic copy of your tax bill free of charge by emailing your name and parcel number to: firstname.lastname@example.org . I will email you a PDF of your bill within 24 hours.
If you are a mortgage company, you can request a file for the property parcels you manage. The duplicate bill fee enumerated in Doylestown Township Resolution 1955 is $10 per parcel. Contact the tax collector at email@example.com to discuss the details of your request.
If you would like a printed duplicate of your bill mailed to you, please fill out the online duplicate bill request form and pay the $10 duplicate bill fee.
My tax bills are paid by my mortgage company & I received a tax bill in the mail. What should I do?
Ensuring the tax bill is paid is the tax payer's responsibility, which is why a copy of the tax bill is mailed to you. Many mortgage companies request and receive duplicate tax bills as a service for their customers. It is recommended you check with your mortgage company to determine if you need to send them a copy of the bill you received in the mail.
How do I ensure my online bill payment from my bank will arrive by the tax bill period due date?
Taxpayers who use the online bill pay function through their bank can be at risk for having their tax bill payments postmarked after the period due date.
To ensure your payment is postmarked on time, it is recommended to schedule payment at least 2 weeks prior to the tax billing period due date.
Checks drawn before the due date but not postmarked on or before the due date, will be returned as late for the billing period. If your check is returned as late, you will be responsible to pay the amount specified for the next billing period.
To avoid this problem provide your bank with the following links to transact your payments online.
Doylestown Township and Bucks County Property Tax Payments: https://govpay.net/doylestown-twp-property-tax
Central Bucks School Disctrict Property Tax Payments - https://govpay.net/doylestown-twp-school-fees
Why did I receive an interim tax bill?
An interim tax bill is sent when the assessed value of your parcel changes after the regular tax bill has been sent.
An example of this could be if you put an addition on your house in May 2017, an interim tax bill will be sent to you for the 2017 county/township real estate taxes prorated for 8 months (May – December). You would also receive an interim 2016/2017 school bill prorated for 2 months (May – June). Not all mortgage companies pay interim invoices.
Like all the tax bills you receive, you should check with your mortgage company to determine if you should pay the bill yourself. Do not assume the mortgage company will pay the bill automatically.
What happens if my tax bills are not paid by December 31st?
At the end of the calendar year unpaid tax bills are considered delinquent and liens are placed on the property.
After December 31st, a list of all delinquent tax bills are sent to the Bucks County Tax Claim Bureau for collection. Liens are placed on the delinquent parcels. Payment for these parcels can no longer be accepted by the tax collector. All payments must be made directly to the Bucks County Tax Claim Bureau. There may be additional interest, penalties and fees assessed on delinquent parcels.
You can contact the Bucks Count Tax Claim Bureau at 215.348.6274 for further information on how to satisfy property tax liens. Or visit them in person at:
55 East Court Street
Third Floor, Administration Building
Doylestown, PA 18901
Where do I pay my Earned Income Tax (EIT) and/or Local Services Taxes (LST)?
Keystone Collections Group
P.O. Box 529
Irwin, PA 15642-0529
Phone: 888-328-0565 or 866-539-1100
Online at: www.KeystoneCollects.com
How do I apply for property tax relief with homestead & farmstead exclusions?
Under a homestead or farmstead property tax exclusion, the assessed value of each homestead or farmstead is reduced by the amount of the exclusion before the property tax is computed. If your application is approved and designated state revenues are available, your property tax relief will appear as a tax credit on the property tax bill you receive from the school district in which you live.
To receive school property tax relief for the tax year beginning July 1, 2018 this form must be filed by March 1, 2018.
How do I apply for property tax relief under the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program?
The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2016 and meet all other eligibility criteria.
The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.
You can learn more and apply at the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Website.
How do I appeal the assessed value of my property?
To appeal the assessed value of your parcel, an application must be filed in the office of the Bucks County Board of Assessment Appeals before the close of business of August 1st of each year. The application and rules for appeal can be found at the Board of Assessment webpage.