You may have noticed the following note on your 2020 Real Estate tax bill: “Under Act 15, the Town’s face period has been extended thru December 31, 2020.” To clarify, this extension applies to the Town of McCandless portion of your tax bill only. The North Allegheny School District real estate tax due dates have not been extended.
USING THE SAMPLE BILL ABOVE:
Paying on or before August 31, 2020, no changes. Pay the discount amount $209.49.
Paying between September 1, 2020 and November 2, 2020, no changes. Pay the face amount $213.77.
Paying between November 3, 2020 and December 31, 2020, pay Town at Face ($12.36) plus NASD and Per Capita at Penalty ($210.55 and $11.00).
Paying after December 31, 2020, no changes. Pay the penalty amount $235.14.
Paying in installments, no changes. Pay first installment by August 31, 2020, second by November 2, 2020, and third by December 31, 2020.
The Town of McCandless collects the real estate tax for both the Town and the North Allegheny School District for all properties located within the confines of the Town. The tax is calculated by multiplying the tax rate by the assessed value of your home or property.
The Town millage rate for 2020 is 1.236 mills (January 1, 2020–December 31, 2020). The North Allegheny School District millage rate is 19.1408 mills ($1,914.08 per $100,000 of assessed value) for the 2019–2020 school year (July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020). It is important that you pay your tax by the due dates, even if you have filed an appeal with Allegheny County. Once a deadline passes, the higher amount must be paid, even if you win your appeal. In addition, failure to pay your tax by December 31 may result in a lien being placed against your property.
Act 1 of 2006, the Taxpayer Relief Act, requires that all school districts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, with the exception of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Scranton, permit the collection and payment of current school real estate property taxes in installments, effective July 1, 2007. By law, the plan must be available only to taxpayers that have applied for and been granted a homestead/farmstead exclusion by Allegheny County. On June 27, 2007, the North Allegheny School District Board of Directors approved a resolution granting the establishment of an installment payment plan in three payments, and on July 2, the Town Council of the Town of McCandless passed Ordinance No. 1345, which mirrors the payment plan terms established by the school district. The specific terms of the plan are as follows:
- The plan applies only to taxpayers that have been granted a homestead/farmstead exclusion under Act 1. If you have already been approved by the Allegheny County Office of Property Assessments, your tax bill will include a line showing the initial payment that is due under the installment plan. If you want to apply for a homestead/farmstead exclusion, please contact the Office of Property Assessments for further information.
- To choose the payment plan option, you need only pay the first installment by the due date of September 3. Payments received after September 3 will be considered timely only if they contain an official U.S. Postal Service postmark of September 3 or earlier. If the first payment is late, you will be disqualified from the installment program for 2019, and you will be subject to payment of your entire tax bill in full subject to the standard deadlines and terms.
- Once you have made a timely first payment, you will be sent two additional billing notices with the due dates of November 1 and December 31. Payments received after either of these due dates, subject again to the official postmark, will be charged a penalty of 10%. If your payment is more than 10 days late for either of these installments, or if your payments for both of these installments are late for any period of time, then you will not be eligible for the installment plan the following year.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 412-364-0616 Ext. 127.
You're welcome to pay your real estate tax bill online (please note, the link takes you to an outside site).