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Understanding Taxes

The Department of Revenue imposes various taxes that must be filed and paid by businesses that are operated and/or located in Philadelphia.

The most common business taxes are the Business Income & Receipts Tax, or BIRT (formerly the Business Privilege Tax), and the Net Profits Tax. However, the Department of Revenue administers a number of taxes that apply to specific types of businesses operating or located in the city.

See our business taxes page for details on the requirements of each.

See our Guidance on federal tax laws page for the most recent advisory notices about how certain provisions are treated for Philadelphia business and personal tax purposes.