1. DO YOU NEED A RECEIPT?
A. You must include a taxpayer copy of your bill plus a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
2. DO YOU NEED TO SPEED UP OUR ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF YOUR PAYMENT?
A. Please include the tax collector coupon with your payments. This coupon locates your property in a database and speeds up crediting your account.
3. WILL YOU BE USING A BILL PAYER PROGRAM TO PAY YOUR REAL ESTATE TAX BILL(S)?
A. If you plan to send your payment through a bill payer program, remember to include the Bill Number for your parcel. This will result in my office being paid electronically, reducing receipt of payment down from 10-14 days, and causing your account to be credited more quickly.
4. HOW DO YOU REPORT A CHANGE OF ADDRESS?
A. Please inform the Montgomery County (PA) Board of Assessments as soon as possible of all changes of address. This is also true if you are overseeing the payment of taxes for a family member. Incorrect addresses are a major cause of delay and loss of the discount opportunity. I strongly urge you to create an account on my website.
5. WHEN DOES THE SCHOOL TAX BILL COME OUT AND HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ELIGIBLE FOR ANY DISCOUNTS?
A. The Wissahickon School District Tax is billed and mailed during the month of July. Regarding any discounts, you will have to file a Property Tax Relief Application for Homestead & Farmstead Exclusion. A link to the form is on this site. Click on the Resident’s tab, in the third column there is a link to the form.
6. I’VE HEARD ONE CAN PAY THEIR SCHOOL TAXES IN INSTALLMENTS. HOW DOES THAT WORK?
A. When you receive your bill, you will receive 3 coupons. Your school tax is automatically divided into 3 equal installments. Simply pay the first installment before July 31st and you’re automatically enrolled. The second installment is due before September 15th; the third is due before October 31st. If, for whatever reason, two of your payments are more than 10 days late, you’ll be ineligible to use this option in the following fiscal year. Of course, if you pay the entire amount before August 31st, you’re entitled to a 2% discount (this is detailed on your bill). The full amount is due no later than October 31st. After the deadline, you will be subject to a 10% penalty fee.
7. WHY DID I GET A COPY OF MY TAX BILL IN THE MAIL THIS YEAR? DOESN’T IT AUTOMATICALLY GO TO MY MORTGAGE COMPANY?
A. Pennsylvania law requires that I send a copy of your tax bill to you. Taxpayers are responsible to make payment by June 30 in order to avoid a penalty. Mailing you a copy makes sure that you are aware that payment is due. Some mortgage processors contact my office to ask for data on the mortgages for which they hold tax payments and which we provide. However, many banks and mortgage companies do not contact us. If you are not sure that your escrow holder is on our list, create an account in the web app on the front page of this site and check the activity log for your parcel. If you do not find an entry for your property then you need to send them a copy of your tax bill immediately so that they can make timely payment of your taxes. If you need a duplicate bill you will be able to download or print a copy from your account.
8. WHAT’S AN INTERIM BILL AND CAN I GET ONE FOR MY COUNTY, TOWNSHIP, AND SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES?
A. Things change. Someone adds a new deck to their house, or suffers a fire. The assessed value of the property changes and as a result the taxes due to the county, township and school district can change. When this happens, these taxing authorities issue an interim bill that adjusts the tax amount due to reflect your change of circumstance. And yes, you can get one for all three – Montgomery County, Whitpain Township and Wissahickon School District.
9. IT’S COMING UP TO THE PAYMENT DEADLINE. I CAN’T FIND MY BILL. WHAT DO I DO?
A. The law provides that taxpayers must pay their taxes when due or pay a penalty equal to 10% of the tax payment due – even if they lost their bill, even if they never got a bill. As soon as you realize you didn’t get or can’t find your bill, go to your account in the web app and download a copy or pay online directly from your account. Once the face period ends however, we will not be able to extend the time for taxpayers to make payment and avoid the penalty.