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Tax Payment Options and Information

Tax forms
Find prior year tax forms here.

Where to file your taxes
Many business taxes, including the Business Income and Receipts Tax (BIRT), can be filed and paid online.

This is a full list of Philadelphia business taxes, with information about where tax payments can be mailed.

Tax filing tips
These tips may be useful for filing your business taxes. Refer to these tips for general information.

Payment and Filing Options

How can I pay my Philadelphia Taxes?
The City of Philadelphia accepts tax payments online, by mail, by phone, or in-person. We accept:

Check or Money Order

  • Accepted for most tax types, but some taxes must be paid electronically
  • Make checks payable to “City of Philadelphia”
  • Returned checks will be subject to a fee, in addition to interest and penalties for late payment.
  • The mailing address is different for each tax type. Be sure to enclose your payment coupon with check or money order. If you do not have a payment coupon, you can print a coupon from our website. Please write your account number on the check or money order.
  • Can be paid in-person at the Municipal Services Building, Northeast Satellite Office, and North Philadelphia Satellite Office. Find addresses and hours.

Credit Card

  • Accepted for Business Income and Receipts Tax, Net Profits Tax, School Income Tax, Annual Wage Tax Reconciliation, Amusement Tax, Earnings Tax, Hotel Tax, Liquor Tax, Outdoor Advertising Tax, Parking Tax, Valet Parking Tax, and Vehicle Rental Tax.
  • Credit card payments are subject to a 2.45% processing fee. Visa debit cards have a $5.95 payment processing fee.

eCheck

  • Accepted for Business Income and Receipts Tax, Net Profits Tax, School Income Tax, Annual Wage Tax Reconciliation, Amusement Tax, Earnings Tax, Hotel Tax, Liquor Tax, Outdoor Advertising Tax, Parking Tax, Valet Parking Tax, and Vehicle Rental Tax online.
  • eCheck is FREE!

Electronic Funds Transfer

  • Accepted for all tax types.
  • Transfer payment directly from your bank account. There is no processing fee – it’s free!
  • Requires enrollment before first payment.
  • There are 2 options:

Cash

  • Accepted for all tax types.
  • A payment coupon is required. You can print a payment coupon here.
  • Only accepted at the Municipal Services Building:
    1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
    Cashiering – Public Services Concourse
    Philadelphia, PA 19102
    8:30 am to 5:00 pm – Monday through Friday

What if I cannot pay in full?
If you are unable to pay your tax bill in full:

  • Immediately contact us so we can help you meet your tax obligations with a payment plan.
  • File your tax return anyway, if one is required
  • Pay what you can

The Department of Revenue has flexible payment plans based on down payment and the length of plan.

As a business, what happens if I refuse to file tax returns and/or pay taxes?

The City has various methods used to collect taxes from non-compliant businesses including:

  1. Cooperation with the IRS which allows the City to discover unregistered businesses as well as audit those already registered.
  2. Commercial Activity Licenses can be revoked and your place of business formally closed.
  3. Business tax debt can be referred to Outside Collection Agencies.
  4. The Law Department can sue your business for failure to file and/or pay business taxes. This could result in fines of up to $5,000 as well as a judgment for the delinquent tax amount against owners/corporate officers of the business.
  5. The Law Department is also able to appoint a sequester to collect delinquent real estate tax from landlords.  The sequester collects rent payments directly from the tenant until all the landlord’s real estate tax debt is paid in full.

In addition, interest and penalty will continue to accumulate on any debt from the time the original tax return/payment was due until the debt is paid in full.