Taxes

Tax Collection

The 2020 Earned Income Tax annual return deadline is May 17, 2021

Real Estate Tax

Jordan Tax Service is responsible for the collection of Real Estate Tax in Peters Township.  Their contact information is:

Peters Township Property Taxes are issued by March 7th every year.  Residents will receive a 2% discount if the taxes are paid by June 7.  Between June 8th and August 7th, property taxes are due at face value.  After August 7th, there is a 10% penalty for late taxes.  If property taxes are not paid by January 1st of the following year, the taxes will be turned over to the Washington County Tax Claim Bureau for collection.

Peters Township School District Property Taxes are issued by July 1 every year.  Residents will receive a 2% discount if the taxes are paid by August 31.  Between August 31 and October 31, property taxes are due at face value.  After October 31, there is a 10% penalty for late taxes.  If property taxes are not paid by January 1 of the following year, the taxes will be turned over to the Washington County Tax Claim Bureau for collection.

Earned Income Tax

Pennsylvania Act 32 of 2008 is a law that reforms and standardizes the local Earned Income Tax system. The Washington County Tax Collection District has appointed the Keystone Collections Group as the Tax Officer for the district.  As such, Keystone is responsible for the collection Earned Income Tax and Local Services Tax in Peters Township.  Their contact information is below:

Your employer is required by Pennsylvania state law to withhold earned in for all employees.  Check your most recent pay stub and verify that the Earned Income Tax is being withheld.  If it is not being withheld, immediately contact your payroll department to have this corrected.  Paul Lauer, Peters Township Manager, can be contacted at 724-941-4180 to assist you or your employers payroll department with any questions or concerns.  Failure to withhold taxes by employers can result in fines, as well as, penalty and interest being levied.

To be able to correctly administer the collection of the Earned Income Tax, each employee is required to complete and return to the employer a new tax form called the Certificate of Residency.  The form is analogous to the W-4 form required by the IRS.  Do not return the Certificate of Residency form to Keystone Collection Group, but rather complete and return the form to your employer.

If you are self-employed or if you have earnings reported on Form 1099, report your income and pay your tax quarterly.  Please go to www.KeystoneCollects.com, select "Taxpayer Resources" and choose e-File.  If you prefer to file by mail, you may alternatively contact Keystone by telephone at 724-978-2860 to obtain quarterly forms.  Self-employed taxpayers must file and pay Earned Income Tax every quarter, either online or by mail, to avoid penalty and interest.

The PSD Code for Peters Township - 631101.

Local Services Tax

The Local Services tax is $52 a year for everyone who works in Peters Township, including self-employed persons.  Individuals who earn less than $12,000 per year are exempt from the tax. 

The combined rate for Peters Township and the Peters Township School District is $52.00 annually.  Of this amount, $47.00 is levied by Peters Township and $5 is levied by the Peters Township School District

An individual working in Peters Township and subject to the Local Services Tax shall pay a pro rata share of the tax each payroll period.  The pro rata share of the tax to be paid each payroll period shall be determined by dividing $52.00, the combined rate of the Local Services Tax, by the number of payroll periods established by the employer for the calendar year.  For example, if an employer has 26 pay periods in a year, $2.00 ($52.00/26 periods) shall be deducted from each and every pay.  Each individual shall pay no more than $52.00 in Local Services Tax in a calendar year, irrespective of the number of areas within which a person may be employed.

Keystone Collection is the local services tax collector.  Their contact information is:

Act 32

Act 32 requires that employers must withhold local earned income taxes (EIT) on behalf of their employees and file returns with the Tax Officer selected by the Tax Collection District (TCD) in which the employer is located.

Realty Transfer Tax

The Realty Transfer Tax is a tax on the value of all real estate transferred within Peters Township. The municipal tax levy is 1% of the value of the property being transferred. The Peters Township School District levies an additional 0.5%.

This tax is collected by the Washington County Recorder of Deeds.

Current Tax Rates

  • Earned Income Tax: 1% (0.5% Township, 0.5% School District)
  • Local Services Tax: $52 per year
  • Municipal Real Estate Tax: 1.622 mills
  • Peters Township School District Real Estate Tax: 14.58 mills
  • Realty Transfer Tax: 1.5% (1% Township, 0.5% School District)
  • Washington County Real Estate Tax: 2.43 mills

Tax Return Links and Forms

Earned Income Tax

Municipal Lien Letter/Tax Certification Form

Tax certification and municipal lien letters are often needed when purchasing properties or refinancing mortgages. The form below needs to be completed in order to request a tax certification and municipal lien letter.

Property Tax/Rent Rebate (Pennsylvania)

Residency Certification Form

This form is to be used by employers and/or taxpayers to report essential information for the collection and distribution of the Local Earned Income Taxes. This form must be utilized by employers when a new employee is hired or when a current employee notifies employer of a name and/or address change.

Tax Appeal Form

Tax Appeals for Earned Income and Municipal Real Estate Tax should be sent to the attention of the Township Manager, Paul Lauer, at the Municipal Building. All appeals on School District Real Estate Taxes should be sent to the School District Administration Offices with attention to Brad Rau.