TAX FACTS

THERE ARE THREE TYPES OF MUNICIPAL TAXES IN CHESTER COUNTY, AN EARNED INCOME TAX (EIT) AN A LOCAL SERVICES TAX (LST.

The municipal taxes are based upon property valuation and they are, in order of the amount normally billed:

  • School District (in our case, the Downingtown Area School District)
  • Chester County Taxes
  • Upper Uwchlan Township Real Estate and Municipal Taxes

OTHER TAXES, EIT AND LST:  See (Keystone Collections at http://www.keystonecollects.com/)

Earned Income Tax- Effective 1/1/12, the EIT is collected by your employer based on where you live or where you work, whichever has the higher EIT rate.  THE UPPER UWCHLAN EIT PSD CODE FOR WHERE YOU LIVE IS  150304

Local Services Tax (LST)- $10 per year per employed person, collected by the employer

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR COUNTY AND SCHOOL DISTRICT TAXES

Downingtown Area School District (DASD) taxes are collected by BERKHEIMER TAX ADMINSTRATOR  (610 363 7214)

Chester County Taxes are administered through the OFFICE OF THE TREASURER, CHESTER COUNTY (610 344 6370)

HOW YOUR TAXES ARE CALCULATED

In Chester County, taxes are based on the assessed value of your property.
The Township does not assess homes, this is done at the County level. Questions on this matter should be directed to the Chester County Assessment Office at 610-344-6105.

The Township sets the tax rate, or “millage” each year for land and dwelling.  There is also a fire hydrant tax if you have a fire hydrant within 750 feet of your property.  This tax is included as a separate item in your bill.

Currently (2014) the millage rate for the township is

1.034 Dwelling and/or Land Millage Rate
.087 Hydrant Millage Rate =
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1.121 for Properties with *Hydrant Tax

Upper Uwchlan Tax Collector handles only the Real Estate and hydrant taxes.  These township tax bills are mailed annually around the first of March.

Bills are sent to the homeowner, not mortgage companies.  If you have a mortgage escrow account, forward the entire tax bill to your lender.

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ADDRESS CHANGES

Residents desiring to make address changes for their property should contact Chester County Tax Assessment Office.  As a service to Upper Uwchlan residents, however, residents may elect to go through this office to do that.   Contact this office via email (blagarde2@gmail.com) and give us your Parcel or Map number, located on your bill, the current address and the desired, new address.  This office will contact Chester County for you and try to effect the change.

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MAKING YOUR UPPER UWCHLAN TAX PAYMENTS

DNB FIRST BANK

Currently, payments can be made by check or money order and can be mailed or dropped off at any DNB First Bank branch office.  You will find a list of these branches at http://www.dnbfirst.com/.  The closest DNB First branches are at Ludwig’s Corner (Rt 100 & Rt 401) or on Rt 100 in Lionville.  Any cash payments of your taxes MUST be made at a DNB First branch.  No cash will be accepted at the Township building.

UPPER UWCHLAN TOWNSHIP BUILDING

Residents may also bring their payment into the Township building on Rt 100 in Eagle between the hours of 9-4 on normal business days.  No cash payments will be accepted at the Township building.

ELECTRONIC PAYMENTS

If making an electronic payment from your bank account include your name, address and parcel number on the check.  See the tab section on this website regarding electronic payment options for more information about paying your taxes online via credit card and e-check methods.

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DUPLICATE PAYMENTS & RECEIPTS

Duplicate payments are returned/reimbursed upon receipt to either agency/homeowner that submitted second payment.  This is automatic, as our system for recording payments by our residents will not permit duplicate entries for the same property.  Any concerns should be emailed to the office at blagarde2@gmail.com.

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SELLING YOUR HOME?  JUST SOLD YOUR HOME?  WHAT TO DO ABOUT YOUR TAX BILL

If you are in the process of selling your home and or have recently sold it and have received a tax bill from Upper Uwchlan, what should you do? Pay it? Take it to settlement? Forward it to the new owner?

We are not real estate experts, so we asked these questions of a well-known Realtor in Chester County.  Here’s what he said: “Each situation is unique, and the homeowner should seek the advice of the homeowner’s Realtor or the Title Company with which the homeowner is dealing or who handled the sale.  There may be financial or other considerations that only the Realtor is qualified to answer.”

If you recently sold your home,  review the settlement sheet from the sale.  The township taxes should have been part of the settlement if it took place within January or February, before the most recent bills were printed and sent out.  If the taxes appear on the settlement sheet they will be paid by the settlement company. If they were not, then contact the Realtor to find out why not.  If they were not, the seller can either pay themselves and seek reimbursement from the new owner for their portion or they can simply forward the bill to the new owner.