The Philadelphia Department of Revenue announced that on Monday, November 1st it will launch a new tax filing and payments website, The Philadelphia Tax Center. The Tax Center will allow Philadelphia taxpayers to file and pay taxes, as well as communicate with the Department of Revenue, all in one place.
The November 1st launch is the first of two phases, with the second phase launching in October 2022. Today we will address what can be done is Phase 1.
The following taxes for tax years 2015 and later can be filed and paid during Phase 1:
- Business Income and Receipts Tax (BIRT)
- Wage Tax
- Net Profits Tax (NPT)
- Earnings Tax
- School Income Tax (SIT)
- Liquor Tax
- Beverage Tax
- Tobacco Tax
In addition to tax filing and payments, the Tax Center will allow taxpayers, or their accountants, to:
- Send and receive secure messages with Department of Revenue representatives
- See all letters received from the Department of Revenue, from November 2021 onward
- Respond online to a letter received in the mail
- Open and close accounts
- Upload any audit documents
- Apply for payment agreements and business tax credits
- Request refunds and interest and penalty waivers
- Upload W-2s and 1099s
How to Register
Beginning November 1st, go to https://tax-services.phila.gov/ to create your new account (link will not be active until November 1, 2021). For help prior to creating an account, go to the Philadelphia Tax Center Guide, which reviews the important changes and has online tutorials.
Existing taxpayers should ensure that their current mailing address on file with the Department of Revenue is up-to-date. To do this, call the Department of Revenue at (215) 686-6600. Once the current address is confirmed, a new username and password will need to be created. After accessing the account, an identity verification access letter will need to be requested. This letter will be mailed to the address on file within 5-10 business days and will contain a one-time-use confirmation ID. Entering the confirmation letter ID will allow access to all of your Philadelphia tax accounts.
If applying for a business, the names and contact information of the business owners or officers, the Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), the entity type, and the business start date will all be needed.
Utilizing the Tax Center Without an Account
Taxpayers can still take advantage of the new Tax Center without registering for an account. Taxpayers can make payments and request refunds, by using their FEIN, SSN or Philadelphia Tax ID number. Taxpayers will also be able to respond to notices and letters sent by the Department of Revenue using the ID# provided on the document.
Working with Your Accountant or Tax Advisor
Taxpayers with larger, more-complex accounts, including those with multiple entities, may wish to involve their accountant or tax advisor by giving them access to the platform on their behalf, which is allowed. Though the new Tax Center is designed to simplify the process by creating a one-stop shop for taxpayers, the experience may still be daunting. Talk to your tax advisor or accountant about the new Tax Center to determine how best to use The Philadelphia Tax Center.