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How do I file my city taxes for Philadelphia?

I live and work in Philadelphia. This is my first time filing from Philadelphia. City taxes were withheld from my wages. How do I file my city taxes? Any specific websites I should go to?

TIA 

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How do I file my city taxes for Philadelphia?

If the Philadelphia wage tax was  deducted from your paychecks and you do not have self employment income, no tax return needs to be filed. From:  https://www.phila.gov/services/payments-assistance-taxes/income-taxes/earnings-tax-employees/

Can you be excused from paying the tax?

You don’t have to pay the Earnings Tax if you:

  • Have the City Wage Tax withheld from your paycheck.
  • Are an individual or part of a partnership that files and pays the Net Profits Tax.

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Level 9

How do I file my city taxes for Philadelphia?

If the Philadelphia wage tax was  deducted from your paychecks and you do not have self employment income, no tax return needs to be filed. From:  https://www.phila.gov/services/payments-assistance-taxes/income-taxes/earnings-tax-employees/

Can you be excused from paying the tax?

You don’t have to pay the Earnings Tax if you:

  • Have the City Wage Tax withheld from your paycheck.
  • Are an individual or part of a partnership that files and pays the Net Profits Tax.

View solution in original post

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How do I file my city taxes for Philadelphia?

Thanks!!
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New Member

How do I file my city taxes for Philadelphia?

thanks!!
New Member

How do I file my city taxes for Philadelphia?

no tax return needs to be filed.

It doesn't explicitly says so, it says:

You must pay the Earnings Tax if you are a:

  • Philadelphia resident with taxable income who doesn’t have the City Wage Tax withheld from your paycheck..

So, @re2boys, is there a possibility that a tax return still can be filed and you actually get some money back?

Level 9

How do I file my city taxes for Philadelphia?

Under some curcumstances, you may request a refund of wage tax withheld.

From https://www.phila.gov/services/payments-assistance-taxes/income-taxes/earnings-tax-employees/

Income-based Earnings Tax refund

If you’re approved for tax forgiveness under Pennsylvania 40 Schedule SP, you may be eligible for an income-based Earnings Tax refund. People who meet the criteria can receive a refund of up to 0.5% on City Wage Taxes that their employer withheld from their paychecks, or that they remitted quarterly on their Earnings Tax returns.

How to apply the reduction

You must attach a completed Pennsylvania Schedule SP to your refund petition, or an Annual Reconciliation of Employee Earnings Tax return, to be eligible to receive the income-based rates. The City of Philadelphia will check to make sure your Schedule SP matches the state’s records.

Non-Pennsylvania residents who work in Philadelphia but do not file a Pennsylvania income tax return must include a signed copy of their state income tax return to be eligible for the income-based rates.

Refund petition form is here:  https://www.phila.gov/media/20191220111558/Income-based-Wage-Tax-refund-petition-2019-v2.pdf

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