Real Estate FAQ

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    1. Where should I mail my payment?

    Full payments should be mailed to the addresses below. Please be advised that if you put your tax payment in the mail and we do not receive the payment for any reason, we cannot allow a discount or waive any penalties that may become due.

    Berkheimer Tax Administration
    P.O. Box 25144
    Lehigh Valley, PA 18002-5144

     

     

    2. How can I pay my tax bill in person?

    Payments can be made in person at Berkheimer’s Exton office:

    Berkheimer Tax Administrator – Exton Office
    325 A North Pottstown Pike
    Exton, PA 19341
     
    Phone: (610) 599-3143
    Fax:      (610) 588-5765
    Hours:  Monday – Friday
    9AM – 4PM

     

    3. What happens if I don't receive my tax bill?

    Tax bills are mailed out by July 1st each year to the name and address that the Chester County Assessment Office has on record at the time the bills are printed. If you have not receive your tax bill by July 15th, please contact Berkheimer and request a duplicate tax bill. The customer service department can be reached at (866) 300-1714.

    You may also request a duplicate bill on-line by submitting a Balance Inquiry/Bill Request Form by using the link below:

    http://www.hab-inc.com/real-estate-tax-balance-inquiry-bill-request-form/

    A PDF copy of your tax bill can be emailed to you if you provide a valid email address on the form and by entering your request to receive the tax bill via email in the comments section of the form.

    If you do not request that the tax bill be emailed a duplicate tax bill will be mailed approximately 3-5 business days after the request is received.

    Failure to receive your tax bill does not eliminate your need to make timely payment.

     

    4. What if my mortgage company escrows and pays my taxes?

    If your mortgage company pays your real estate taxes, you should forward a copy of your tax bill to your mortgage company as soon as it is received.

     

     

    5. Is it possible to make installment payments?

    Yes. This is not to be confused with making unauthorized partial payments. The only acceptable payments will be printed on your tax bill. If you choose to pay in installments, please use the payment coupons that you received with your tax bill.

     

     

    6. Is it possible to pay my bill by credit card?

    Yes. Instructions for available credit/debit payment options are printed on your tax bill.

    On-line payments may be made at http://www.hab-inc.com/electronic-services/online-payments/

    • Credit Card Payments - 2.5% processing fee ($1.00 min fee) by Official Payments Corporation
    • Visa Debit Card Payments - Flat processing fee of $3.95
    • Bank Account Payments may also be paid on-line

    Credit card payments can also be made by contacting the Exton office at (610) 599-3143

     

     

    7. What is an interim bill?

    When certain improvements are made to your property, the Chester County Board of Assessment may increase the assessed value of your home. It will notify the School District of the additional assessment and the effective date of the change. The District will forward this notice to Berkheimer and a bill for that additional assessment will be issued. An interim bill is in addition to your annual bill.

     

     

    8. If I don't receive my tax bill, can I pay the discounted amount after the deadline?

    No, it is the responsibility of the property owner to request a tax bill if one is not received. All tax bills are mailed to the owner and address that the Chester County Assessment Office has on record at the time the bills are printed. Occasionally, a tax bill is returned to because it is undeliverable. When a bill is returned, Berkheimer will recheck the address and a duplicate bill is sent. If you do not receive your tax bill by the fifteenth of July, call Berkheimer’s customer service department at (866) 300-1714 or by requesting a duplicate bill on-line by submitting a Balance Inquiry/Bill Request Form by using the link below:

    http://www.hab-inc.com/real-estate-tax-balance-inquiry-bill-request-form/

     

     

    9. What can I do if my mortgage company tells me the taxes have been paid, yet you have no record of payment?

    Check with your mortgage company to be sure that they paid taxes on the correct parcel. Ask them if the check has been cashed. If the company continues to believe the bill was paid, ask them to contact Berkheimer’s customer service department at (866) 300-1714. 

     

     

    10. What do I do if I received a tax bill and no longer own the property?

    If you no longer own the property, please return the bill to Berkheimer indicating that the property was sold. You should also contact the Chester County Assessment office at (610) 344-6105 to verify that the title has been transferred.

     

     

    11. Is there property tax relief available?

    The Pennsylvania legislature enacted a law that expanded the Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program to give more Pennsylvanians a rebate and increase the amount of the rebates.

    The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians 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.

    The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

    The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older adults and adults with disabilities have received $4.8 billion in of property tax and rent rebates. The rebate program also receives funding from slots gaming. 

    Homeowners now receive:

    Income   

    Maximum Rebate

    $0 to $8,000

    $650

    $8,001 to $15,000

    $500

    $15,001 to $18,000

    $300

    $18,001 to $35,000

    $250

     
    Additional information on the PTRR program, including forms can be found on the link below or by contacting the Department of Revenue at (888) 222-9190:

    http://www.revenue.pa.gov/generaltaxinformation/propertytaxrentrebateprogram/pages/default.aspx#.WL7J768o5-Y

     

     
     
    12. Should I pay my taxes if my house is being sold?

    Title companies generally pro-rate the taxes between buyer and seller at the time of settlement. If the taxes are already paid, the buyer will reimburse you for the number of days left in the tax year. If the taxes are not paid, they are collected at settlement. If, at the time of settlement, you already paid in discount, it will benefit you and the buyer.

     

     

    13. How can I remove my spouse's name from the bill?

    The District is not empowered to make this change. Taxpayers must call the Chester County Board of Assessment at (610) 344-6105 for information about making this change.

     

     

    14. How is the dollar amount of my tax bill calculated?

    The Chester County Board of Assessment places an assessment value on your property. The school district sets a mill rate (an amount of tax paid on every $1000 assessment) according to budget needs. Your tax bill is a calculation of the assessment and the mill rate.

     

     

    15. Why should senior citizens and people who do not have children in schools pay school tax?

    The State determines funding sources for schools. At the present time, property owners are responsible for funding schools. The current process benefits the entire community through the appreciation of your property value.

     

     

    16. What is the school district code number for filing Pennsylvania Income Tax forms?

    The code number for Downingtown Area School District is 15200.

     

    17. How can I obtain a tax certification?

    To obtain a tax certification, complete the Certification Request Payment Form by using the link below:

    http://www.hab-inc.com/real-estate-tax-certification-request-form/

    Complete, print and mail the form, along with a check payable to HAB-MISC for $20.00 for each parcel you are requesting certification to:

    HAB-MISC
    50 N 7th Street
    Bangor, PA 18013

     

     

    18. How can I obtain a duplicate bill?

    You may request a duplicate tax bill by contacting the Berkheimer Tax Administrator’s customer service department at (866) 300-1714.

    You may also request a duplicate bill on-line by submitting a Balance Inquiry/Bill Request Form by using the link below:

    http://www.hab-inc.com/real-estate-tax-balance-inquiry-bill-request-form

    A PDF copy of your tax bill can be emailed to you if you provide a valid email address on the form and by entering your request to receive the tax bill via email in the comments section of the form.

    If you do not request that the tax bill be emailed a duplicate tax bill will be mailed approximately 3-5 business days after the request is received.

     

     

    19. How can I obtain a tax receipt?

    Include a self-addressed stamped envelope at the time payment is submitted.

    If you have already sent in you payment you may request it online by completing the Real Estate Tax receipt Request Form which can be found at:

    http://www.hab-inc.com/real-estate-tax-receipt-request-form/

    You may also request a tax receipt by mailing your written request, including your name, phone number, parcel number and account number along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

    HAB-MISC
    50 N 7th Street
    Bangor, PA 18013