Tax FAQ

1.What period does my annual tax bill cover?
A: An annual tax bill covers the period from July 1 through June 30 of the following year.

2. Where does my tax bill get mailed?
A: All original tax bills are mailed to the property owner at the last known mailing address as provided by the Chester County Assessment Office.

3. How do I correct the address on my bill?
A: Please complete the Chester County and Avon Grove change of address forms.

4. What happens if I do not receive a tax bill?
A: All annual bills are mailed by July 1 each year. Tax bills are mailed to the last known mailing address of each owner. The tax collector's responsibilities for giving notice end when this action has been taken. Failure to receive a tax notice does not relieve any taxpayer from liability for the prompt payment of taxes imposed by the taxing district. All taxpayers are charged with their taxes as though they had received notice, and all necessary enforcement steps are taken to ensure payment. If you have not received your tax bill by the second week of July, please call the AGSD tax office at 610.869.2441 x50220 to request a duplicate copy.

5. Can the mortgage company get a copy of my bill from the tax office?
A: Yes, mortgage companies can pay the duplicate bill fee of $15 to receive a copy of your tax bill. It is best that you make a copy of the bill for your records and send the original bill to your mortgage company if your taxes are escrowed.

6. What is the current tax millage rate?
A: The millage rate (also know as mills) is the rate at which tax revenue is generated from assessments, expressed in terms of 1/1000th of assessed value. The 2017-18 tax millage rate is 29.77 (.02977 * assessed value). Click here for previous tax millage rates.

7. How are millage rates determined?
A: Millage rates are approved by elected members of the Board of School Directors after calculating the rate needed to generate sufficient tax revenue from the overall tax base in order to fund the budget.

8. What is an assessment?
A: An assessment is the taxable value of your property and is based on a percentage of the market value. The Chester County Assessment Office determines the assessments for AGSD properties and can be contacted at 610.344.6105.

9. What is the Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion Program?
A: On April 13, 2009, the Governor implemented the Homestead and Farmstead Exclusions Act (Act 1), which allows school districts the ability to reduce their taxes based on revenue received from the state. This revenue is generated from gambling proceeds. This exclusion reduces the assessed value for homestead/farmstead-approved properties, reducing the school property tax on these homes.

In order to be eligible for this program, the homeowner must reside in a dwelling primarily used as their permanent home. In general, it is the address where you live, where you have registered to vote, and where you have registered your driver's license. Property owners only need to complete the application (available from the Chester County Assessment Office) once, and it is due by March 1.

10. What is the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program?
A: The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older, and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives, or estates may file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in the previous year and meet all other eligibility criteria. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

11. Are credit card payments accepted?
A: Yes, e-check and credit/debit card payments can now be made online for annual school tax bills. Full payments must be made. No installment payments will be accepted online. Go to the Tax Payment Info page for more details.

12. Is there a payment plan or installment plan?
A: An installment payment option is available for the annual tax bill for all properties. The installment option is not available for interim tax bills. Annual tax bill installments are divided into three equal payments based on the full amount due: 1st installment due on or before August 31, 2nd installment due on or before October 2, and 3rd installment due on or before October 31.

13. What is an interim tax bill?
A: Interim real estate tax is a tax on assessed property that was not included in the original tax mailing of July 1. Interim real estate tax bills are sent out throughout the school year for new construction/remodeling that increases a property's assessed value after the regular tax bill has been sent. The tax bill could be the result of an addition to a house/business, a swimming pool, a new house that is finished mid-year, etc. The additional valuation is taxed at the school district's tax rate and prorated based on the number of months remaining in the fiscal year. Interim taxes will have different discount, face, and penalty payment periods than the annual real estate tax bill, and these are noted on each bill.

14. Do mortgage companies pay interim bills?
A: Each case is determined on an individual basis. You will need to contact your mortgage company for this information.

15. How do I make interim bill payments?
A: Follow the tax payment instructions on the bill.

16. What happens if I have appealed my assessment?
A: Assessment appeals do not halt the timely collection of real estate taxes on the basis of the current value listed on your assessment. If the assessment is reduced on appeal, the excess (refund) will be returned to the taxpayer.

17. Can I get a penalty waived?
A: Tax collectors must apply the penalty amount after the four-month collection period has elapsed. They have no authority to excuse penalties where tax notices have not been received or when assessments are being appealed by the property owner.

18. What happens if I do not pay my real estate taxes?
A: Unpaid taxes are sent to the Chester County Tax Claim Bureau for collection. Please contact their office for details on the collection process at 610.344.6360.

19. What is a tax lien?
A: A tax lien is a legal claim or charge against property for satisfaction of a tax debt. A tax lien provides the school district and other tax authorities a means of preventing the property from being sold or transferred without their consent until after the lien has been satisfied.

20. What is the school district code number for filing my Pennsylvania income tax?
A: The code number for Avon Grove School District is 15050.