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2013 CITY, SCHOOL AND CARNEGIE LIBRARY TAX FAQs

  1. What are the hours of operation for the Real Estate Office?
  2. Where is the Real Estate Office located?
  3. What is the phone number for the Real Estate Office?
  4. How do I make my check payable for my City and School
    Real Estate Taxes?
  5. How do I change the mailing address for my tax bills?
  6. Do I need to notify anyone else if my mailing address has
    changed?
  7. Can I pay my City, School District of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Real Estate Taxes by credit card?
  8. Is there a fee for paying by credit card?
  9. How are real estate taxes assessed?
  10. What is the millage rate for City, School and Carnegie Library taxes?
  11. What is millage?
  12. When are taxes due?
  13. Does the City, School District and Carnegie Library offer payment plans for delinquent taxes?
  14. What happens if I don't pay my real estate taxes?
  15. How often are Treasurer's sales held?
  16. Are taxes billed on a calendar or fiscal year?
  17. How do I get a receipt for my paid taxes?
  18. I'm selling my home. How do I prove my taxes were paid?
  19. Does anything else need to be done in order to get the tax
    certification?
  20. I'm refinancing my home. How do I prove my taxes were
    paid?
  21. Do I need to get a PWSA Compliance Certificate if I am
    only refinancing?
  22. Does the City have any other requirements when I sell or
    refinance?
  23. Does the City, School District or Carnegie Library offer any tax relief programs?
  24. Does the City, School District or Carnegie Library offer any abatement programs?
  25. How do I apply for the residential Act 42 abatement?
  26. My property is in one of the 28 defined areas but only the
    City and School District participate in this program. What happens
    to my County taxes?
  27. I have a commercial/industrial property. How do I apply for
    the Commercial LERTA Abatement?
  28. I have a commercial/industrial property that I am converting
    to residential use. How do I apply for the Residential LERTA
    Abatement?
  29. What is the Carnegie Library Tax?

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  1. WHAT ARE THE HOURS OF OPERATION FOR THE REAL ESTATE OFFICE?
    The Real Estate counter is open 8:15 AM through 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The cashier window is open 8:15 AM through 4:00 PM.
  2. WHERE IS THE REAL ESTATE OFFICE LOCATED?
    The office is located in the City-County Building at 414 Grant Street on the first floor. The mailing address is: City of Pittsburgh, Real Estate Office, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.
  3. WHAT IS THE PHONE NUMBER FOR THE REAL ESTATE OFFICE?
    The phone number for general real estate tax questions is
    412-255-2525.
  4. HOW DO I MAKE MY CHECK PAYABLE FOR MY CITY AND SCHOOL REAL ESTATE TAXES?
    Make your check payable to “Treasurer, City of Pittsburgh” and mail it to City of Pittsburgh, Real Estate Tax Dept., 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh PA 15219.
  5. HOW DO I CHANGE THE MAILING ADDRESS FOR MY TAX BILLS?
    Address changes can be made over the phone by calling 412-255-2525, or by writing to: City of Pittsburgh, Real Estate Office, 414 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. Note: This change is in effect until December 31st of each year. Permanent address changes must be done through the Allegheny County Treasurer’s office at 412-350-4100.
  6. DO I NEED TO NOTIFY ANYONE ELSE IF MY MAILING ADDRESS CHANGED?
    Yes, you also need to notify the Allegheny County Treasurer of your change in address for real estate tax bills. You can call 412-350-4100 to update the address with Allegheny County. If you do not notify them the address change you made with the City will not be permanent.
  7. CAN I PAY MY CITY, SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PITTSBURGH AND CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH REAL ESTATE TAXES BY CREDIT CARD?
    Yes, you can pay with American Express, Discover Card, Master Card or Visa. For 2013 debit cards and electronic checks are also acceptable forms of payment.
  8. IS THERE A FEE FOR PAYING BY CREDIT CARD?
    Yes, there is a convenience fee of 2.39% of the payment amount. This fee is separate from the Real Estate Tax payment and is is paid to Paymentus, Inc. It will be calculated by Paymentus at the time you make your tax payment.
  9. HOW ARE REAL ESTATE TAXES ASSESSED?
    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.
  10. WHAT IS THE MILLAGE RATE FOR CITY, SCHOOL AND CARNEGIE LIBRARY TAXES?
    • 2013 City Real Estate Tax rate - 7.56 mills
    • 2013 School District Real Estate Tax rate - 9.65 mills
    • 2013 Carnegie Library Real Estate Tax rate - 0.25 mills
  11. WHAT IS MILLAGE?
    A mil is 1/10 of a cent. For every $1,000.00 of assessment, the City Tax would be $7.56, the School District Tax would be $9.65 and the Carnegie Library Tax would be $0.25.
  12. WHEN ARE TAXES DUE?
    Real estate taxes were billed in February. The gross amount is due April 22, 2013. A 2% discount can be taken if the taxes are paid in full by March 31, 2013. Real estate taxes can also be paid in installments. The first installment is due by April 22, 2013; the second is due by June 30, 2013, and the third is due by August 31, 2013. A 2% discount can be taken on the 1st installment only if it is paid by March 31, 2013.
  13. DOES THE CITY, SCHOOL DISTRICT AND CARNEGIE LIBRARY OFFER PAYMENT PLANS FOR DELINQUENT TAXES?
    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.

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  14. WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON'T PAY MY REAL ESTATE TAXES?
    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.
  15. HOW OFTEN ARE TREASURER'S SALES HELD?
    The Real Estate Department conducts Treasurer's Sales throughout the year.

    Treasurer's Sale Information
  16. ARE TAXES BILLED ON A CALENDAR OR FISCAL YEAR?
    Taxes are billed on a calendar year.
  17. HOW DO I GET A RECEIPT FOR MY PAID TAXES?
    If your taxes are paid through your mortgage escrow account, your mortgage company will provide you with information on your Real Estate tax payments. If you pay your taxes in person with cash or a money order, the Cashiers Office will validate your receipt at the time of payment. For payments made by check a statement showing all payments made during the year will be mailed to you in June if you pay annually, or in September if you pay in installments. If you paid delinquent taxes a statement showing your payments will be mailed to you in January of the next year.
  18. I'M SELLING MY HOME. HOW DO I PROVE MY TAXES WERE PAID?
    Most lenders and/or title companies require that the seller of real estate prove that their real estate taxes have been paid for the current and two prior years. The title company or attorney requests the proof, which is provided by the Real Estate Department via a Tax Certification. There is a $40.00 fee for this certification which covers the current and past three years of tax payments.
  19. DOES ANYTHING ELSE NEED TO BE DONE IN ORDER TO GET THE TAX CERTIFICATION?
    Yes, in 2006 the City of Pittsburgh enacted Ordinance No. 3 which governs the requirements pertaining to the disconnection of illegal surface storm water connections. For more information on this Ordinance visit the PWSA website. Effective September 5, 2006 the Real Estate Department will not issue the Tax Certification unless the request is accompanied by a valid PWSA Compliance Certificate and/or a valid Temporary Evidence of Compliance certificate.

    For more information and/or an application form for a Tax Certification, visit the Real Estate Forms page.
  20. I'M REFINANCING MY HOME. HOW DO I PROVE MY TAXES WERE PAID?
    When an owner borrows money against their property, the lender will usually require that the owner prove the Real Estate taxes have been paid for the current and two prior years. The lender requests the proof, which is provided by the Real Estate Department via a Tax Certification. There is a $40.00 fee for this certification which covers the current and past three years of tax payments.

    For more information and/or an application form for a Tax Certification, visit the Real Estate Forms page.
  21. DO I NEED TO GET A PWSA COMPLIANCE CERTIFICATE IF I AM ONLY REFINANCING?
    No, Ordinance No. 3 applies to property that is being sold, not refinanced. Visit the PWSA website for more information.
  22. DOES THE CITY HAVE ANY OTHER REQUIREMENTS WHEN I SELL OR REFINANCE?
    Yes, a zoning certificate is required whenever there is a real estate closing on a property or when the property is being refinanced. Land Use Control & Zoning Page
  23. DOES THE CITY, SCHOOL DISTRICT OR CARNEGIE LIBRARY OFFER ANY TAX RELIEF PROGRAMS?
    Yes, there are two tax relief programs in the City of Pittsburgh. They are:
    • Homestead - (Act 50) Offered by the City of Pittsburgh since 2001, this program reduces the value of your home. The 2013 City of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Library Homestead reduction is $15,000 – a tax savings of $113.40 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 2013, the reduction is $28,685, a tax savings of $276.81.
       
      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. Applications for the Homestead Exemption are available through Allegheny County - http://www.alleghenycounty.us/opa/frmins50.pdf.
    • Senior Tax Relief (Act 77) - This program is available to eligible owners. For 2013, the reduction has been increased from 30% to 40% of the full value assessment. For more information on eligibility requirements and/or application forms for this tax relief program, visit http://apps.pittsburghpa.gov/finance/2013-senior-tax-relief-application.pdf.
    For more information and/or application forms for these tax relief programs, visit the Real Estate Forms page.

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  24. DOES THE CITY OR SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFER ANY ABATEMENT PROGRAMS?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.
  25. HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE RESIDENTIAL ACT 42 ABATEMENT?
    There are different applications depending on the location of the property. Act 42 has two separate programs, the original Act 42 Program available City wide and an Enhanced Act 42 Program for 28 Defined Areas in the City. If your property is located in one of these 28 areas, apply with the Real Estate Department using this application and instructions. You can also pick up an application at the Bureau of Building Inspection when you get your building permit.

    Neighborhood Map Links

    If your property is not located in one of these areas, apply with Allegheny County using their application.
  26. MY PROPERTY IS IN ONE OF THE 28 DEFINED AREAS BUT ONLY THE CITY AND SCHOOL DISTRICT PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROGRAM. WHAT HAPPENS TO MY COUNTY TAXES?
    You will receive the enhanced exemption on your City of Pittsburgh and School District of Pittsburgh taxes. For your County real estate taxes you will still be eligible for and receive the benefit of the Act 42 Residential abatement of $86,750 for three years.
  27. I HAVE A COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY. HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE COMMERCIAL LERTA ABATEMENT?
    Within 180 days of receiving the building permit file the original LERTA Commercial Abatement Application and all plans, costs, permits, etc. with the Office of Property Assessments. File a copy of the application with a copy of the building permit only with the City of Pittsburgh Treasurer’s Office.
  28. I HAVE A COMMERCIAL/INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY THAT I AM CONVERTING TO RESIDENTIAL USE. HOW DO I APPLY FOR THE RESIDENTIAL LERTA ABATEMENT?
    Residential LERTA applications are processed by the Urban Redevelopment Authority for the City of Pittsburgh. Visit their website for information and applications.

    Residential L.E.R.T.A.
    - Contact Jessica Smith Perry at the URA by phone at 412-255-6575 or via the URA website for an application and guidelines.

  29. WHAT IS THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY TAX?
    On November 8, 2011 voters in the City of Pittsburgh overwhelmingly approved a 0.25 mill special tax (equivalent to $25 a year on $100,000 of assessed property). The first year this tax was assessed was 2012. For 2013, the Carnegie Library tax due is on the same bill as your City and School District property taxes.

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