Nonprofit Organizations In Philadelphia Must File Annual Certification By June 1st To Maintain Their Real Estate Tax Exemption

Written by: Alan Nochumson

Until recently, nonprofit organizations which own real estate in Philadelphia merely had to file an application for tax-exempt status with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Property Assessment (OPA) on one single occasion to ensure that their properties qualified for an exemption from real estate taxation throughout the life of their property ownership.

Under a recently enacted City Ordinance, however, such nonprofit organizations must now annually file forms with the OPA certifying their continued right to such a real estate tax exemption. The OPA may revoke the tax-exempt status of a property owned by a nonprofit organization if the forms are not filed in a timely fashion.

In order to preserve the tax-exempt status for their properties for the 2016 tax year, nonprofit organizations must submit these forms to the OPA by no later than June 1, 2015.