Taxes

West Whiteland charges real estate, earned income, local services and real estate transfer taxes. Your tax payments go into the Township's general fund budget, which is allocated to maintaining the day-to-day operations of the Township. Services such as park maintenance, snow removal, street resurfacing and police services are just a few examples of how your tax dollars are spent.

Real Estate Tax

In 2018, Keystone Collections Group will collect the Township's real estate tax. Keystone will handle all aspects of West Whiteland's real estate tax collection, including responding to your questions after we finish the transition process. After you receive your tax bill, feel free to contact them using the information on the bill. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Amy Heinrich, West Whiteland Township's Finance Director.  This letter from the Township Manager provides more information about the transition.

  • Bill mailed to property owners on February 15
  • Pay by April 30 to get a 2% discount
  • Full amount due June 30

The tax bill is computed by multiplying the millage (or tax) rate, set by the Board of Supervisors of West Whiteland Township, with the assessed value of the property, determined by Chester County. Mills are the amount each property is taxed per $1,000 of assessed value. 

In 2018, the rate is 0.719 mills (general 0.646; street lighting 0.002; fire hydrant 0.071).

To calculate your tax bill, use the following formula:
Assessed value  x   Mills   /   1,000

Please note, if you escrow funds with your mortgage lender, then your lender may pay your Township real estate tax from those funds.  Check with their lender if you are not sure.

Delinquent Real Estate Taxes

After December 31, the Township can no longer accept payments for that year’s taxes. Following that date, any unpaid Township real estate taxes are considered delinquent and are sent to the Chester County Tax Claim Bureau for collection & placement of a lien. During the month of January each year, the Tax Claim Bureau sets up its system to accept payments. The Bureau cannot take payments until that process is complete in the beginning of February, at which time it will mail a letter to each delinquent tax payer with the amount due. Please wait for that letter to pay your taxes to ensure you pay the correct amount. Your check will be made out to “Chester County Tax Claim Bureau” rather than the Township.

For more details regarding payment of delinquent taxes, go to the FAQ on the Tax Claim Bureau’s website and/or call 610-344-6360.

Tax Certifications

The Chester County Tax Claim Bureau can issue tax certifications for 2017 and prior. You can submit a request online, in person or by mail. Please see their website for further information.

After bills are mailed, Keystone Collections Group will provide 2018 tax certifications and bill copies and answer any questions. If you need to estimate the bill, the millage rate for 2018 has not changed. If you need immediate assistance, please contact Amy Heinrich.

Earned Income Tax (EIT)

Every person who lives in West Whiteland Township (WWT) and is employed must pay the Earned Income Tax (EIT) at a rate of 1%. Employers in WWT are required to withhold the EIT on behalf of their employees, regardless of where the employee lives. 

Taxing Entity
WWT Residents
Non-residents work in WWT/
live in municipality w/o EIT
Non-residents work in WWT/
live in municipality w/ EIT
West Whiteland Township
0.5%
1.0%
0%
West Chester Area School District
0.5%
0%
0%
Total EIT Rate
1.0%
1.0%
0%

If you do not have earned income tax withheld from your wages or are self-employed, you are required to report and remit earned income tax quarterly to Keystone Collections Group, the earned income tax collector. 

The due dates for EIT filings are as follows: 

  • Q1 (January 1 through March 31) - due April 30 
  • Q2 (April 1 through June 30) - due July 31 
  • Q3 (July 1 through September 30) - due October 31
  • Q4 (October 1 through December 31) - due January 31

Penalty and interest will be assessed if you fail to file in a timely manner. 

The PSD Code for West Whiteland Township is 151206.

If you have questions concerning the filing of this tax return or the quarterly filing requirement, please contact Keystone Collections Group at 724-978-0300.

Local Services Tax (LST)

Every person who works in West  Whiteland Township (WWT) and earns more than $12,000/year pays the local service tax (LST) of $52/year. Every employer in WWT is required to withhold the LST on behalf of their employees and remit payment to Keystone Collections Group.

Real Estate Transfer Tax

The real estate transfer tax is paid at closing when a property is sold. The buyer and the seller each pay 1% of the total sale price (resulting in a total transfer tax rate of 2%). The overall allocation of the tax is as follows:

West Whiteland Township
0.5%
West Chester Area School District
0.5%
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
1.0%
Total Transfer Tax Rate
2.0%

County and School District Real Estate Taxes 

Tax Description
Amount Collector
Chester County Real Estate Tax 4.369 Mills (2018) Chester County Treasurers Office
610-344-6370
West Chester Area School District Real Estate Tax 20.6841 Mills (2017) Berkheimer Associates  
866-300-1714