Tax InformationThe Fox Chapel Area School District comprises six municipalities: Aspinwall, Blawnox, Fox Chapel, Indiana Township, O'Hara Township, and Sharpsburg. Of those six municipalities, four have elected tax collectors (Aspinwall, Blawnox, Indiana Township, and Sharpsburg). Jordan Tax Services handles billing and collections for both O'Hara Township and Fox Chapel. The district is currently under agreement with Jordan Tax Services through 2025. The four elected tax collectors follow elected term limits and are recognized by the board annually. There are resolutions in regard to compensation for these tax collectors. The current resolution runs through 2024-2025. School tax bills are mailed to residents every July 1. All taxes are generally due by November 30, including those paid via payment plans. There are discounts for tax bills paid within two months of invoice, and penalties are added if taxes are paid after four months of invoice. Tax collectors stop collecting at the end of December. The tax collectors "close their books" at that time and must turn over all reports and ledgers to the district, including all delinquent accounts. The district then "exonerates" the tax collectors from their duties for that tax year, and all of their delinquent rolls are turned over to PA Del Tax, effective January. The delinquent tax collector then assumes the task of seeking the tax payments on those accounts. The collector maintains those rolls for the period of one year (January through December). After one year, any accounts still delinquent are then turned over to the solicitor's office, which then proceeds with legal ramifications, such as sheriff's sales.
Homestead / Farmstead Exemption
Information regarding homestead/farmstead exemptions can be found here.
To receive school property tax relief, an application for homestead or farmstead exclusion must be filed by the preceding March 1. School districts are required to notify homeowners by December 31 of each year if their property is not approved for the homestead or farmstead exclusion, or if their approval is due to expire. Fox Chapel Area School District submits notices to those properties through the Allegheny Intermediate Unit annually.
New Look for Tax Bills
The Fox Chapel Area School District has updated its tax collection process software, and tax bills will have a new look this summer.
Another difference is that the initial tax bill will not come with multiple copies for those wishing to pay in installments. Anyone wishing to pay in installments will pay their first flat-rate payment and they will then receive a reminder in the mail with their additional payment coupons. The tax bill will still have one coupon to mail in, and one coupon for residents to keep for their files.
The due dates for the tax bills will remain the same. As a reminder, if paying the bill in full, the due dates are August 31, 2023, at a 2% discount; October 31, 2023, at the flat rate; and December 31, 2023, at a 10% penalty.
Borough and Real Estate Taxes
Act 57 of 2022
Act 57 of 2022 was signed into law July 11, 2022, with an effective date of October 10, 2022. Act 57 was adopted fully by the Fox Chapel Area Board of School Directors on November 14, 2022. Act 57 allows taxpayers who fail to receive a tax notice during their first year of occupancy to apply for a waiver from penalties and additional costs from the tax collector. It does not absolve the tax collector from payment of taxes, only of any fees or penalties. To apply, the taxpayer must complete the waiver form and submit it to their tax collector.
Delinquent Real Estate and Interim Taxes
PA Del Tax was reappointed as the delinquent tax collector for the district. PA Del Tax handles all newly delinquent accounts. Continually delinquent accounts are handled by the solicitor's office.
PA Del Tax
1151 Freeport Road, Suite 271
Pittsburgh, PA 15215
Phone: (412) 781-3100
Fax: (412) 781-0399
Delinquent E.I.T./L.S.T. Wage Taxes
Keystone Collections Group
546 Wendel Road
Irwin, PA 15642
Taxpayer Services Phone: (866) 539-1100
Local Wage Taxes
Residents of the Fox Chapel Area School District may e-File local taxes online with Keystone Collections Group at www.keystonecollects.com.
For current borough and real estate tax, please refer to the specific borough's contact. Deliquent taxes for all municipalies are handled by the deliquent tax contacts listed.
Keystone Collections Group provides a dedicated, toll-free phone line for local tax inquiries.