Primary Residence Tax Discount
The Treasurer’s Office administrates Act 77, Senior Citizen Tax Relief, which entitles qualified senior citizen homeowners to a flat 30% discount on the real estate tax on their primary residence.
The 2019 deadline to submit your application ended in June. The 2020 application will be available in February.
The applicant must meet ALL three requirements:
Property Ownership: 10 years
Must have owned and occupied a primary residence in Allegheny County continuously for the past 10 years. A property owner who has moved within the past 10 years, and has continued to own and occupy the new property as a primary residence, shall be eligible.
Must be age 60 or older, or, if married, either spouse must be age 60; or be a widow or widower age 50 to 60 years; or permanently disabled and age 18 to 60 years. The applicant must meet the required age by December 31, 2019 to qualify for tax relief in 2019.
Income: ≤ $30,000
Gross household income must be $30,000 or less. For calculating income use only 50% of your Social Security Benefit, SSI, and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 Benefits (except Medicare benefits); plus, all other income must be added in at 100%.
Program Features: Flat 30% Discount
Flat 30% discount of the real property tax on their primary residence for each year you are eligible. Additionally, receive the 2% discount by paying your county taxes in full by March 31. You may also choose the installment option which allows eligible taxpayers to pay their GROSS county taxes in two equal installment payments, with the first payment due by April 30 and the second by September 30.
Once approved, you DO NOT need to apply again. You will continue to receive tax relief as long as you are the property owner/occupant and your household income does not exceed $30,000.
Tax Abatements and Exemptions available to Allegheny County Residents
The Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act (LERTA), Act 76, provides for tax abatements for commercial and industrial properties in specific areas.
Residential Visibility Design Tax Credit Program
Clean and Green Program
Catastrophic Loss Abatement
Property owners who have suffered catastrophic damage to a structure due to a fire or other natural disaster may qualify for a reduction in their property assessment.
Nonprofit Organizations and Governmental Entities
PA Tax Rebate Program
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.