Get the Homestead Exemption
If you own your primary residence, you are eligible for the Homestead Exemption on your Real Estate Tax. The Homestead Exemption reduces the taxable portion of your property’s assessed value.
With this exemption, the assessed value of the property is reduced by $45,000. Most homeowners will save $629 a year on their Real Estate Tax bill.
Once we accept your application, you never have to reapply for the exemption. You will receive property tax savings every year, as long as you continue to own and live in the property.
You can get this exemption for a property you own and live in. You are still eligible if you have a mortgage or are delinquent on your taxes.
How to apply
The final deadline to apply for the Homestead Exemption is December 1 of each year. Early filers should apply by September 13, to see approval reflected on their Real Estate Tax bill for the following year. Applicants approved after September 13 date will receive a second bill with an adjusted amount due.
You can apply by using the online Homestead Exemption application. If a previous owner is listed, submit a paper application instead.
To apply by phone, call the Homestead Hotline at (215) 686-9200.
To apply by mail, print out and use the Homestead Exemption application. You may send your application to:
City of Philadelphia
Department of Revenue
P.O. Box 52817
Philadelphia, PA 19115
The Low-income Senior Citizen Real Estate Tax Freeze program protects some of Philadelphia’s most vulnerable homeowners. The program is designed to give eligible seniors a stable, predictable Real Estate Tax bill, even when property values in their neighborhood rise
Eligibility is based on both your age and income.
To qualify for Senior Freeze, you or your live-in spouse must be 65 years or older. You can also qualify if you’re 50 years or older, and the surviving spouse of someone who was at least 65 years when they passed.
To enroll, your total income must be $27,500 a year, or less, when you’re single; and $35,500 per year or less for a married couple. These amounts are set by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Applications are available online in both English and Spanish.
APPLY BY SEPTEMBER 13, 2021