Real Estate Tax FAQ

When are school real estate tax bills mailed out?

Tax bills are mailed by July 1 of each year. The bill represents taxes due for the fiscal year comprising July 1 to June 30 of the following year. If you do not receive your bill during the first week of July, please contact your tax office. If you receive a bill for a property that has been sold, please return the bill to your tax office with the name of the new owner.

Where should I mail my payment?

Plymouth and Whitemarsh Township Residents:
Checks are payable to Northeast Revenue Service, LLC, and mailed to: Northeast Revenue Service LLC, 804 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428

Conshohocken Boro Residents:
Checks are payable to Dominic A. Coccia, Jr., and mailed to: Dominic A. Coccia, Jr., 619 Maple Avenue, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

Please note that the Colonial School District has no liability for lost or misdirected payments. Payments not postmarked by the due date will become ineligible for discounts.

Can my tax bill be paid in person?

Yes.

Plymouth and Whitemarsh Township Residents:
Yes. Tax bills can be paid at any Bryn Mawr Trust Branch. Payments may also be made at the Northeast Revenue Office located at 804 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA. Payments will be accepted at Colonial School District during select periods as noted on your tax bill. For further information please contact Northeast Revenue at 484-681-9231. NO CASH PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

Conshohocken Boro Residents:
Yes. Tax bills can be paid at the tax office located at 619 Maple Avenue. Tax office hours are Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The telephone number is 610-825-1617. NO CASH PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Boro residents can also make payments at the Wachovia Bank located at 5th and Fayette Streets.

Is it possible to pay my bill with a credit card?

Plymouth and Whitemarsh Township Residents:
Yes. Northeast Revenue Service does accept credit card payments. Please note that a convenience fee of 2.85% will be charged.

Conshohocken Boro Residents:
No. Credit card payments cannot be accepted.

Is it possible to make installment payments on my tax bill?

Yes. There is an installment option available to all taxpayers. First installments are due by August 15. The two remaining installments must be remitted by their respective due dates of September 30 and October 31. The only acceptable installment payments are those that are shown on the coupons. Failure to pay installment #1 by August 15 removes the option of making installment payments for the current tax year. Second and third payments postmarked after the due dates will incur a 10% penalty. Please note that under this plan you WILL NOT be eligible to receive the 2% discount given to homeowners who pay in full by August 31.

What is a homestead exclusion?

For a homestead to qualify for an exclusion it must be the primary residence of the owner. An exclusion must be applied for and be approved by the Montgomery County Board of Assessments, who in turn will provide the School District with a list of all qualifying homesteads. More information on this topic as well as an application to apply for the homestead and farmstead exclusion is available at: http://boa.montcopa.org/ or by contacting the Montgomery County Assessment Office at 610-278-3761. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Is there property tax relief available in the Colonial School District?

All homestead/farmstead exclusions which have been approved by the Montgomery County Board of Assessments will be eligible for property tax relief. The homestead/farmstead exclusion for the current 2016-2017 fiscal year is the lesser of the homestead/farmstead assessment or $13,981 of assessment. An $13,981 assessment reduction results in a $293.09 decrease in real estate taxes.

When are my school taxes due?

Due dates for full amount (pay one amount only):
  • Discount (-2%) if paid on or before August 31
  • Face (Flat) if paid on or before October 31
  • Penalty (+10%) if paid on or before December 31
Installment due dates
  • 1st Installment: on or before August 15
  • 2nd Installment: on or before September 30
  • 3rd Installment: on or before October 31

A U.S. Postal Service postmark will be considered the date paid. NO EXCEPTIONS. Placing payment in the mailbox does not mean it will be postmarked that day.

If I do not receive my tax bill, can I still qualify for the discount amount after the deadline?

No. If a tax bill is returned to us as undeliverable we verify the address and resend the bill. Local tax collection laws do not allow a discount or waiver of any penalties that are due. If you do not receive your bill by the first week in July, please contact your tax office. No exceptions will be allowed for late payments.

My taxes are paid by my mortgage company. Will you forward my bill to them?

No. All bills are mailed to the property owner of record. It is the property owner's responsibility to forward the bill to their mortgage company immediately upon receipt.

How can I remove my spouse's name from the bill?

All changes in ownership are processed by the Montgomery County Recorder of Deeds. Please contact them at 610-278-3289 for information on making any changes.

How can I get a receipt for my tax bill?

If paying in person, bring the entire bill in at the time of payment. If paying by mail, send the entire bill along with a self-addressed stamped envelope, and a receipted copy will be returned to you.

What is an interim tax bill?

Certain improvements will increase the assessed value of your home. When an assessment is raised, the Montgomery County Board of Assessments will notify the School District of the amount of the increase and the effective date. This generates an interim tax bill which represents the difference between your former assessment and the new assessment for the remainder of the fiscal year.

How is the dollar amount of my tax bill calculated?

The Montgomery County Board of Assessment places an assessment value on your property. The school district sets a mil rate (an amount of tax paid on every $1,000 of assessment) according to budget needs. Your tax bill is calculated by multiplying your assessment by the mil rate, minus the homestead exemption if applicable.

What is the current mil rate for Colonial School District?

The current mil rate for the 2016-2017 fiscal year is 20.9638.

What is the fee for a school tax certification, and how do I request one?

The fee for a school tax certification is $25. When making your request please include the parcel number, anticipated date of settlement, and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Plymouth and Whitemarsh Parcels:
Checks are payable to Northeast Revenue Service, LLC, and mailed to Northeast Revenue Service LLC, 804 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

Conshohocken Boro Parcels:
Checks are payable to Dominic A. Coccia, Jr. and mailed to Dominic A. Coccia, Jr., 619 Maple Avenue, Conshohocken, PA 19428.

How can I participate in the State's Property Tax/Rent Rebate (PTRR) program?

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery. The income limit is $35,000 for homeowners and the maximum rebate is $650. You may exclude one-half of your Social Security Income when calculating your eligibility income. The age requirement is 65 for claimants or spouses; widows or widowers 50 years of age or older, and the permanently disabled 18 years of age or older may qualify for the PTRR program.

Homeowners:
  • If your income falls between $0 to $8,000 your rebate will be $650.
  • If your income falls between $8,001 to $15,000, your rebate will be $500.
  • If your income falls between $15,001 to $18,000, your rebate will be $300.
  • If your income falls between $18,001 to $35,000, your rebate will be $250.
Renters:
  • If your income falls between $0 to $8,000, your rebate will be $650.
  • If your income falls between $8,001 to $15,000, your rebate will be $500.

Additional information on this program is available at the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s website.

Are there any Colonial School District programs which benefit senior citizens?

All senior residents who are age 65+ qualify for a Gold Card. This card provides free admission to Colonial School District concerts, shows and sports events. It also allows seniors to participate in one free adult evening school class each semester. For more information on getting a gold card, click here.

What is the school district code number for filing my Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax return?

The Colonial School District code is 46160.
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