But city records show that numerous properties that would seem ineligible for the tax break have received it anyway. They include:
* 1,222 properties with rental licenses.
* 234 vacant residential units.
* 189 parcels of vacant land.
* 116 properties owned by companies.
* 19 industrial properties.
From Rep. O’Brien’s email:
I was recently informed that the Philadelphia Revenue Department sent its 2014 tax bills with the new AVI assessment amounts, even to residents who appealed their assessment with the Board of Revision of Taxes.
City Council Bill #130591, authored by Councilman Mark Squilla, mandated the city to send out the previous year tax amount if a person appeals to the BRT. However, the revenue department did not send the correct amount to those under appeal.
I understand the city is sending out new bills to correct the error. However, if you do not receive a new, corrected bill, you can still send in the amount of your 2013 tax. I recommend you include a copy of your appeal with the 2013 tax assessment payment.
Under Councilman Squilla’s bill, you will have 30 days after your hearing decision to pay any balance owed without interest or penalty.
It is unfortunate the city made this error because it is causing so much confusion for homeowners who remain in appeal status with BRT. Please contact my office if you need help with this issue, or any state related matter.
Several thousand property owners have received reductions in their assessments as a result of a First Level Review with the Office of Property Assessment.
Some of these changes were not reflected in the tax bills that property owners received from the City.
The City will be issuing corrected bills to the affected property owners. If you have a bill based on an assessment higher than the reduced assessment from the first level review, we suggest that you wait for a revised bill. If you do not receive a revised bill by February 15, contact the Revenue Department at 215-686-6442.
The City of Philadelphia has extended it’s deadline to participate in the LOOP program from January 14, 2014 to February 17, 2014. All of the previous conditions for participation still apply.
The City of Philadelphia has released a training video to address LOOP relief (Longtime Owner Occupied Program) to offset tax increases from the property tax Actual Value Initiative (AVI).
Almost 50,000 property owners did just that. However, the burden was on them to persuade OPA the new values were wrong. Many simply didn’t, or even try to, according to city officials, so they got big “Nos” from OPA.
Northeast Times, 11/6/2013
On the eve of the deadline to apply for the Homestead Exemption and a month before the cutoff date for property tax appeals, the Crosstown Coalition of Taxpayers on Thursday released two comprehensive guides for concerned residents: “An AVI Appeal Guide” and “AVI Survival Guide.”
“The guides will help homeowners through the sometimes complicated process of filing an appeal to the Board of Revision of Taxes,” said Walt Spencer, one of two authors of the guides. The guides, also written by Rene Goodwin, provide information on real estate tax relief programs including homeowner and tenant rebate programs and senior citizen relief programs.
“We view the Coalition’s ongoing goal as working toward a real estate tax system that is fair and transparent,” said Steve Huntington, a coordinator at the Crosstown Coalition, which counts as members 21 civic associations across the City of Philadelphia. “Until we achieve that goal, we believe it is important to educate the general public about their right to appeal inaccurate assessments.”
The deadline to apply for the Homestead Exemption, by which owner-occupants can subtract $30,000 from the taxable assessed value of their homes, is Friday, Sept. 13, 2013. The deadline to file an appeal before the Board of Revision of Taxes (BRT) is Monday, Oct. 7, 2013.
The guides can be found here.
The City of Philadelphia will host two Telephone Town Hall meetings to discuss property taxes.City officials will answer caller questions about the Actual Value Initiative and property tax relief programs, including the Homestead Exemption.
The first telephone town hall is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3 and will begin at 7:15 pm and conclude at 8:15 pm. The second telephone town hall is scheduled for Tuesday, September 10 and will begin at 6:45 pm and conclude at 7:45pm.
Finance Director Rob Dubow, Chief Assessment Officer Richie McKeithen and Revenue Commissioner Clarena Tolson will answer questions during both Telephone Town Hall meetings.
Interested residents can pre-register for the town hall by logging on to www.phila.gov or by calling 215-686-9200. Individuals who pre-register will receive a call from the town hall when the session begins. Residents can also join the town hall without pre-registering by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the ID code 111479 during the town hall session.