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Real Estate Property Taxes: County & Township and School

The Township Tax Collector collects Real Estate Property County & Township and School taxes. The Tax Collector is not responsible for Earned Income Taxes.

For issues relating to 2013 or prior year info: 

Carol Scarborough, 53 Northwoods Lane
PO Box 23
Doylestown,PA18901
(215) 348-3418  (O)    (215) 340-5327 Fax

Contact:

Sarah J. Tomlinson
Doylestown Township Tax Collector
118 Wood Street
PO Box 1086
Doylestown, PA 18901
Phone: 215-489-5416
Fax: 215-489-5426

Email: sarah.tomlinson@ymail.com

Office Hours:

Tuesday and Thursday 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM|
Additional hours to be posted during last 2 weeks of April and August.

Directions:  Office is located in building behind Wells Fargo on 115 West Court Street, Doylestown, PA.  Taxpayers may use the Wells Fargo parking lot.

County & Municipal Taxes

County & municipal tax bills are mailed March 1st
2% discount is given if paid by April 30th
Face amount if paid by June 30th
10% penalty starting July 1st

School Property Tax

School property tax bills are mailed July 1st
2% discount if paid by August 31st
Face amount due if paid by October 31st
10% penalty starting November 1st

  • If a taxpayer has not paid county, school or municipal taxes by December 31st, the local tax collector files liens with the county. After February 1st, the property owner is charged a $15 lien fee and 9% annual interest, in addition to the 10% penalty.

Any change to a deed for any purpose causes the loss of your homestead exclusion and you must reapply with the County Board of Assessment.

Earned Income Taxes

Please call Keystone Collection Services with Earned Income Tax* questions:

Keystone Collections Group
PO Box 529
Irwin, PA 15642-0529
866-539-1100

If you are a self-employed you should complete and submit your payment directly using this form:   http://www.keystonecollects.com/forms/download/I111.pdf

Doylestown Township Millage Rates

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Township 28.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 7.25 7.25 10.25 10.25 10.25
Bucks County 74.5 20.5 21.94 21.94 21.94 21.94 21.94 23.2 23.2 23.2
Central Bucks School District 97.92 97.92 102.03 110.50 110.50 110.5 114.8 120.8 122.8 122.8

Other Taxes

Tax Amount Details
Earned Income Tax 1% of earnings Half goes to the Township, the other half goes to the School District
Local Services Tax (LST) $52 Deducted from pay check once a year

*Please contact Keystone Collection Services with any questions regarding Earned Income Tax or LST tax.

Additional Information

Earned Income Tax Information

Information for Doylestown Township Residents and Central Bucks School District

In Pennsylvania, the General Assembly has empowered political subdivisions of the Commonwealth, at the local level, to levee, assess, and collect certain types of taxes for general revenue purposes. The authority for levying these non-realty taxes was granted to local school districts and municipalities in 1965 through the passage of the Local Tax Enabling Act (LTEA), commonly referred to as ‘Act 511’. The rate of tax for Doylestown Township and Central Bucks School District is one percent (1%) and is levied on gross wages and/ or net profits from a business or profession.

Keystone Collections Group is the appointed earned income tax officer for Doylestown Township and Central Bucks School District. As the appointed earned income tax collector, they are charged with the duty of administering the Township’s and school district’s taxes. This includes collecting the tax, establishing rules and regulations to fairly enforce such tax and creating accurate tax records and accounts for each taxpayer.

Most Bucks County area employers have received an important packet of information regarding EIT and the selection of Keystone Collections Group as the county wide earned income tax collector beginning in 2011.  Keystone provides all the necessary forms, links to information and payroll instructions for business owners on its website at:  www.keystonecollects.com

Most resident taxpayers will have this tax deducted by their employers. Although, if you work in a jurisdiction where it is not withheld, or your are self-employed, you will have to pay the tax directly to Keystone. Your completed registration form will be forwarded to Keystone, who will create an accurate tax account reflecting your correct reporting status and send you the necessary tax forms.

We appreciate your cooperation in completing the registration form. Kindly refer to the earned income tax FAQ for general questions and answers about the earned income tax. If you have any additional questions, you may contact Keystone Collection Group 866-539-1100.

Earned Income Tax Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the “Earned Income Tax”?

The Earned Income Tax, commonly called a “Wage Tax”, is usually a tax of one percent (1%) on gross wages and/or net profits from a business or profession. In Home Rule communities, the tax rate may vary and can even be higher than one percent (1%). Typically, individuals who receive “earned income”, including salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, incentive payments, fees, tips and/or other compensation for services rendered, whether in cash or property, are subject to the tax. In addition, those who conduct businesses, professions and other activities for profit must pay tax on the net profit derived from their operation after deductions have been made of all costs and expenses incurred in conducting said businesses.

What Income is Specifically Exempt from the Earned Income Tax?

Unearned income such as dividends, interest, income from trusts, bonds, insurance and stocks is exempt. Also exempt are payments for third party sick or disability benefits, old age benefits, retirement pay, pensions – including social security payments, public assistance or unemployment compensation payments made by any governmental agency, and any wages or compensation paid by the United States for active service in the forces of the United States including bonuses or additional compensation for such service. In addition, net profits of corporations are exempt under state law.

If the Tax is Withheld in Another community Where I Work, Do I Also Pay the District in Which I Live?

No, the tax withheld by your employer will be remitted to your resident taxing jurisdiction. It is still required that our Registration Form by answered by ALL residents.

Whose Earned Income Tax Will Be Withheld by Their Employer?

Any individual working in a jurisdiction that levies the tax will have the tax withheld by their employer. Occasionally, employers located in a jurisdiction where the tax is not levied will volunteer to withhold if your resident jurisdiction levies the tax.

From Whom Will the Earned Income Tax Be Collected Directly?

The earned income tax will be collected directly from those who are: 1) self-employed; 2) salaried but self-employed in a side business; or 3) work in a municipality where the tax is not in place. Those persons must file a declaration of the total of such estimated net profits or income, together with the total estimated tax due, with the Earned Income Tax collector. Proper forms for reporting the quarterly payments will be sent to each person so liable.

Must All Taxpayers File a Final Return?

Yes. Even if all tax is withheld, or quarterly payments are made, a Local Earned Income Tax Return must be filed by April 15 each year.

What Happens if I neither File A Return Nor Pay the Tax Due?

State law, as well as the local tax resolutions and/or ordinances, make it a summary criminal offense if a taxpayer fails to file a tax return as required, and subjects the taxpayer to a fine not to exceed $500.00 per offense, plus the cost of prosecution; in default of payment of said fine and costs, the taxpayer may be imprisoned for a period not exceeding thirty (30) days per offense. In addition, distress sale, wage attachment and/or civil suit proceedings may be used to collect any unpaid tax found to be due, and penalties and interest may also be assessed.

Bucks County Tax Collectors

Bucks County Board of Assessments: (215) 348-6219

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