Seventeen communities in Delaware County PA currently impose an Earned Income Tax or Wage Tax on their residents and/or workers.
Taxes are a necessary evil to pay the government for essential services but no one likes to pay more than the other guy. Since 1960 when no Philadelphia suburb had an earned income tax or wage tax, the tax has slowly spread throughout the area. When evaluating where you want to live in Delaware County, the earned income tax is not as readily apparent as the local real estate taxes that are imposed but should be included as you weigh your options.
In Delaware County today, seventeen of the 49 communities in the county impose an Earned Income Tax or Wage Tax. According to the latest information from the Delaware County site, 16 communities impose a tax of 1% while the City of Chester currently has an Earned Income Tax rate of 2.15% for residents and 1.15% for non-residents. Those communities with a 1% tax include:
Lower Chichester Township
Marcus Hook Borough
Upper Chichester Township
and the City of Chester has the highest rates with either 2.15% or 1.15% rates
Each community also has various County, Township/Borough, and School real estate taxes, so the total tax burden varies quite a bit from location to location, but it is important to factor all these rates into your decision as you evaluate where you would like to live in the county. (Thornbury is unique with no Township tax)
Be sure to consult your accountant - you always have options throughout the county and every individual's tax situation is unique.
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc – Devon, PA/Wilmington, DE
Office: 610-225-7400/Direct: 610-618-0808
(All information and rates believed currently correct but are subject to change anytime and should be verified with local community)