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Upper Makefield is a second-class township in Bucks County, Pa. governed by a 5-member Board of Supervisors. Under the board’s direction, the township manager oversees the operation of the township and its departments, including administration, finance, building & code enforcement, public works, and public safety.
Residents of Upper Makefield Township and those employed within the township are required to pay 4 kinds of taxes: real estate, occupation, earned income, and real estate transfer. Earned Income Tax bills are mailed by Keystone Collections Group. All other bills are mailed by the elected Tax Collector. Remember, taxpayers are responsible for payment whether or not the bill is received. Check the schedules below and contact the tax collector or Keystone Collections if you have not received your bill.
All owners of real estate in the township are required to pay real estate taxes to the township, Bucks County, and Council Rock School District. All real estate taxes in Upper Makefield Township are collected by the elected tax collector, Nick Ettorre.
The total tax rate for the 2018 calendar year is 7.6025 mils of assessed valuation. The tax is broken down as follows:
The tax rate for the 2018 calendar year is 24.4500 mils. For more details, visit the Bucks County Finance Department.
Township and County tax bills are sent out in the beginning of March, and are due as follows:
The tax rate for the 2017-2018 school year is 120.71 mils. School tax bills are sent out in July and are due as follows:
If you are a Homestead or Farmstead homeowner you are eligible for the installment plan. There are 3 installments. If you pay in installments, you will not qualify for the 2% discount, even if all installments are paid before August 31. Instructions for opting-in to the installment plan are at the bottom of your bill. Download the FAQ or contact the tax collector for further information. Due dates for the installment plan are as follows:
The Occupation Tax bill is sent in July for Council Rock School District. If your occupation changes, you move out of Upper Makefield Township, or you have any questions about the Occupation Tax, please call the school district at 215-944-1000.
A 1% earned income tax is imposed on the wages and net profits of township residents, and on the wages and net profits of non-residents who work or do business in the township. Half of the money goes to the township and the other half goes to Council Rock School District. Please check the township code of ordinances for information on exemptions and credits which may be due to the taxpayer.
Earned Income means salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, incentive payments, fees, tips, and any other compensation received for services rendered. Not included are:
Net Profits means net income from the operation of a business, profession, or other activity, except corporations, after provision for all costs and expenses except income taxes.
The Earned Income Tax is unique in that it is taken out of wages where you work, yet it is owed where you live. For example, an Upper Makefield resident whose employer does not deduct this tax because the employer is located in a township where there is no earned income tax still owes the 1% tax to Upper Makefield Township. In such a case, estimated quarterly payments would have to be made directly to our Earned Income Tax Collector, Keystone Collections Group.
At the beginning of each year Keystone Collections Group sends out tax forms to everyone who filed a return the previous year. These returns are due by April 15. If you are a new resident, you can find the tax form and instructions for filing on Keystone's website www.keystonecollects.com. If you have questions about any responses you receive from Keystone on taxes due, please contact them directly. If you are having trouble contacting Keystone Collections Group or feel that your case is not being adequately considered, call the township and ask for the Finance Department.
Anyone buying or selling property in the township must pay a 1% transfer of property tax at settlement. One-half of that tax goes to the township.
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One mil is equal to $1 of tax for every $1,000 of assessed property value. To calculate your tax, multiply the millage figure by your assessed property value. Don't forget to add 3 decimal places to the millage figure to get the accurate tax. For example: a 5 mil increase on a home assessed at $20,000 amounts to 0.005 times $20,000, or $100 more in taxes.