West Whiteland charges real estate, earned income, local services and real estate transfer taxes. Your tax payments go into the Township's general fund, which pays for 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
Keystone Collections Group handles all aspects of West Whiteland's real estate tax collection, including responding to your questions. Feel free to contact Keystone directly regarding any questions about your tax bill, including how to pay it. If you still need assistance after contacting Keystone, please contact Amy Heinrich, West Whiteland Township's Finance Director.
- 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 2019, West Whiteland's millage 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 your lender if you are not sure.
Delinquent Real Estate Taxes
Because by law the County collects tax liens, 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.
The Chester County Tax Claim Bureau can issue tax certifications for 2017 and prior if you just need to know whether there is a lien on the property. You can submit a request online, in person or by mail.
Keystone Collections Group will provide 2018 and 2019 tax certifications and bill copies and answer any questions. If you need to estimate the bill, the millage rate for 2018 and 2019 has not changed.
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%, which then is split between West Whiteland and the West Chester Area School District. Employers in WWT are required to withhold the EIT on behalf of their employees, regardless of where the employee lives.
|Taxing Entity||WWT Residents||Work in WWT/|
live in other munic. w/o EIT
|Work in WWT/|
live in other munic. 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 for all municipalities in Chester County, including West Whiteland.
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 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%|