Elected Tax Collector


Suzanne Clarke, Tax Collector

June 2021

West Rockhill Township building is open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Tax collection hours are Tuesdays, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Extra hours are posted on the tax bills as well as office door. The tax collector’s office is located through the front door entrance to the left. There is a drop box on the outside of the building (left of the front door) for you to drop your payment anytime.

Suzanne Clarke

4 Year Term (expires 12/31/21)

1028A Ridge Road

West Rockhill Township Bldg

Sellersville, PA 18960

215-453-1361 (phone/fax)

westrockhilltaxcollector@gmail.com

Real Estate Tax Collector - County, Township and School Taxes

The real estate Tax Collector office is located at the West Rockhill Township building.

County/Township tax bills are mailed directly to property owners March 1st and school district tax bills are mailed July 1st. All tax bills have a 60-day discount pay period (calculations are done for your convenience on your tax bill). Please review and forward the bill to your mortgage company or financial institution if taxes are escrowed. Property owners are advised to make a copy of their bill prior to forwarding.

Taxpayers can pay their taxes by using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover by going to https://paylocalgov.com/westrockhilltwp. Please be aware that there is a convenience fee of 2.49% ($3.95 minimum) for credit card payments, and 1% for debit card payments. This site will close for the month of January. I will be able to accept credit card payments in my office.

Please send tax certification requests to 1028A Ridge Road, West Rockhill Township Building, Sellersville, PA 18960 or westrockhilltaxcollector@gmail.com. There is a $40 fee for this service; it does include four years of County, Township and School District real estate taxes.

Current Millage Rates – 2021

Total Tax Collection

135.2555 Mills - Pennridge School District (2020/2021)

25.45 Mills - County of Bucks

7.25 Mills - West Rockhill Township

West Rockhill Township Tax Collection 7.25 Millage Breakdown

6.25 Mills - General Fund

.75 Mills - Fire

.25 Mills - Road Equipment

TOTAL 7.25 Mills

West Rockhill Township has a street light assessment. Residents living in developments where streetlights were installed as a requirement of the developments’ approvals are subject to a $32.37 per year fee. This fee is included on your annual County and Township tax bill dated March 1st.

HOMESTEAD/FARMSTEAD EXCLUSION

Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion applications must be received by the Bucks County Board of Assessment Office by March 1st to be eligible for a tax reduction. You only need to apply once for your current residence (If you refinance it may bump you out – if the county sends you a new request, complete it and reapply). Please contact that office directly at 215-348-6219 or visit them online at www.buckscounty.org, click on Government, Finance, Board of Assessments scroll down to Homestead/Farmstead Application.

PROPERTY TAX/RENT REBATE PROGRAM

The deadline to apply for this program is June 30th.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 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. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. Please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue at www.revenue.state.pa.us. to see if you qualify and to download forms. You can also contact State Representative Craig Staats (10 South 3rd Street, Quakertown, PA, 18951) at 215-536-1434 for more information.

Pennridge School District Tax Rebate Program

The property tax rebate program is based on the existing Pennsylvania Property Tax\ Rent Rebate program which has been in effect since 1971 and is funded by state lottery and slot machine proceeds. Pennridge homeowners must quality for the state rebate program to qualify for the district rebate program. Forms are available at the township building or you go to their site to download (https://www.pennridge.org/). Make sure you save a copy of your state rebate check when received. You will need it to qualify for the school rebate. Any questions, please call the Pennridge School District at 215-453-2710 and ask for Jackie.

Earned Income Tax

Keystone Collections Group

546 Wendel Road, Irwin, PA 15642

724-978-0300

www.keystonecollects.com

Keystone Collections Group has a new phone line dedicated exclusively for taxpayer inquiries.

1-866-539-1100

Keystone’s Taxpayer Helpline

Keystone’s Taxpayer Helpline will connect you directly to a professional Taxpayer Services Agent, reducing wait times and bypassing menu options to bring you the fastest and most reliable answers to your tax questions.

Email 24/7

You can also send inquiries via email 24/7 to Keystone. Go to: www.KeystoneCollects.com > “Contact Us”

Current Rates

Earned Income Tax 1.5% (1% to School & .5% to Township)

Open Space Earned Tax .25% (to Township)

Total Earned Income Tax 1.75%

Local Services Tax (LST) $52.00 per Worker ($47 to Township & $5 to School)

You can search it at:

http://munstats.pa.gov/Public/FindLocalTax.aspx

Questions regarding EIT Taxes for 2011 and prior should be addressed to:

Berkheimer Associates

50 North 7th St

Bangor, PA 18013

610-588-0965

Fax 610-588-5765

Office hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

www.hab-inc.com



Keystone Collections Group, along with all other TCD’s in the Commonwealth will extend the final return filing deadline to July 15, following Federal and state filing extensions.

Earned Income Tax

Keystone Collections Group

546 Wendel Road, Irwin, PA 15642

724-978-0300

www.keystonecollects.com

Keystone Collections Group has a new phone line dedicated exclusively for taxpayer inquiries.

1-866-539-1100

Keystone’s Taxpayer Helpline

Keystone’s Taxpayer Helpline will connect you directly to a professional Taxpayer Services Agent, reducing wait times and bypassing menu options to bring you the fastest and most reliable answers to your tax questions.

Email 24/7

You can also send inquiries via email 24/7 to Keystone. Go to: www.KeystoneCollects.com > “Contact Us”

Current Rates

Earned Income Tax 1.5% (1% to School & .5% to Township)

Open Space Earned Tax .25% (to Township)

Total Earned Income Tax 1.75%

Local Services Tax (LST) $52.00 per Worker ($47 to Township & $5 to School)

You can search it at:

http://munstats.pa.gov/Public/FindLocalTax.aspx

Questions regarding EIT Taxes for 2011 and prior should be addressed to:

Berkheimer Associates

50 North 7th St

Bangor, PA 18013

610-588-0965

Fax 610-588-5765

Office hours: M-F 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

www.hab-inc.com


Philly Workers Who Stayed Home May Be Due a Wage Tax Refund


Has your home turned into an office during the last year? With the pandemic forcing many people to work from home, thousands in our area are no longer commuting to work. For those who in the past commuted to Philadelphia, there is yet another benefit to working from home beyond saving time, gas, and tolls: a tax refund.


Anyone who works in Philadelphia and lives elsewhere is subject to pay the non-resident Philadelphia Wage Tax, which stands at a hefty 3.5019% of gross wages. Nearly all municipalities in the Philadelphia area levy an Earned Income Tax (EIT), with most topping out at 1%. Residents living in the suburbs are subject to this lower rate EIT where they live- unless they work in Philadelphia. However, with many required to work from their homes during the last year, they may no longer be subject to the Philadelphia Wage Tax while telecommuting.


Is it worth the effort to pursue a refund? The simple answer is yes! Someone working from home in the suburbs during the pandemic making $60,000 per year would be subject to their home municipality’s EIT, which is typically 1%. In the span of one year, this would equal a savings of about $1,500! Plus, the 1% you contribute to your local EIT will be invested into public safety and infrastructure improvements into the community you and your family lives.


How do you take advantage of this? For any amount of time a Philadelphia job was completed at a home outside of the city limits, they may request a Wage Tax refund from the City of Philadelphia. When submitting a tax return to Keystone Collections, the tax officer for all EIT in Bucks County, use the Out-Of-State Tax Credit Worksheet on Line 12 of the tax return form if you need to receive a tax credit for the time you did not work in Philadelphia.


For anyone who continues working from their home outside of the City of Philadelphia, they should submit a Residency Certification Form to their employer and request that their local EIT be deducted from their wages instead of the City Wage tax. A political subdivision (PSD) code will be needed for the form, which can be found using this tool.