Washington Township - 1779
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13013 Welty Rd, Waynesboro, PA 17268

Phone: (717) 762-3128

Fax: (717) 788-0372

Mon-Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

WTS

Tax FAQ’s

Township Tax Office:

Frequently Asked Tax Questions 

Q. Do I have to write a separate check for each tax bill or can I write one check for all my tax bills?
A. Writing one check for all of the tax bills you are paying is preferred, even if you are paying your Franklin County bill, your Real Estate bill, your Per Capita bill and your Occupation bill. Please be sure to add the amount of the bills correctly and be sure to include all of the bills in the total. 

Q. I am unable to pay my taxes during your office hours. What are my options?
A. Every effort is made to accommodate the taxpayer’s schedule when paying taxes. Please call the office at 717.762.1760 to schedule an appointment. Also, there is a mail slot to the right of the tax office entrance that goes directly into the tax office, so it is very secure. You may deposit your tax payment through the slot at any time, day or night. No cash, please! If you desire a receipt, please include your copy of the tax bills, as well as a self-addressed stamped envelope. 

Q. I will be mailing my tax payment to you, but I would like a receipt What do I need to do?
A. Send bath copies of the tax bills along with a self-addressed stamped envelope. 

Q. May I use my combination debit / credit card to pay my taxes?
A. Currently, the only methods of payment are cash, personal or business check or money order.  

Q. May I use a credit card check to pay my taxes?
A. Currently, the only methods of payment are cash, personal or business check or money order. Credit card checks are not accepted because sometimes the bank will hold payment on this kind of check for up to 30 days. 

Q. I am unable to pay my entire tax bill, will you accept partial payments?
A. The Waynesboro Area School District allows for installment payments for the Real Estate Bill. Installment 1 must be paid no later than August 31st in order for you to elect the installment method of payment. The installment method can not be elected after August 31.

Installment 2 is due by September 30 and Installment 3 is due by October 31. Failure to pay installments 2 & 3 by the due dates will result in a 10% penalty. If the installment method is elected they must be paid in order. That is Installment 2 must be paid before Installment 3 will be accepted. Installment payments are not allowed for the Franklin County Tax Bureau.

Q. My Property taxes are paid through my mortgage company, will you send my tax bill to them?
A. All Property tax notices are sent to the homeowner. It is the homeowners responsibility to forward a copy of the tax bill to the mortgage company. 

Q. What is the Per Capita tax?
A. A Per Capita tax is a tax on residents of the Waynesboro Area School District who are 18 years of age or older. If you are a full-time student, the School District will exonerate you from paying this bill. Detach a copy of the bill, write “full-time student’ underneath the name and address, and return it to the tax office. If you are 65 or older, retired and only draw Social Security as retirement income of $200/month or less (no pension), the School District may exonerate you from paying this bill. Detach the “TAX OFFICE FILE” copy (the bottom copy), write your age, retired and draw less than $200 per month Social Security underneath your name and address, and return it to the tax office. 

Q. What is the Occupation tax?
A. An Occupation tax is a tax on residents of the Waynesboro Area School District who are 18 years of age or older and are employed at least 20 hours per week. The tax is based on your job title, not on your income. If you are a full-time student, the School District will exonerate you from paying this bill. Detach the “TAX OFFICE FILE” copy (the bottom copy), write “full-time student” underneath the name and address, and return it to the tax office. 

Q. My job classification on my Occupation Tax Bill is no longer correct. What should I do?
A. Detach the “TAX OFFICE FILE” copy (the bottom copy), cross through the classification printed on the bill, write above the classification your new job title, and return it to the tax office. The School District will cancel that bill an issue a new bill with the updated classification. 

Q. I have a change of address, do I need to notify you?
A. It is very important to notify this office of your address change. Pennsylvania law states that even though a homeowner does not receive a Property Tax Bill, it is still the homeowners responsibility to be sure the taxes are paid. You should call the tax office with the address change for your property bill. As for the Per Capita or Occupation tax bills, you should mark through the incorrect information on your tax bill and write the correct information underneath it. 

Q. I am selling (or removing) my mobile home, what do I need to do?
A. Prior to selling or removing your mobile home, you are required by Pennsylvania law to obtain a permit from the tax collector’s office. In order for a permit to be issued, all taxes, both current year and prior years must be paid. You will also need to provide the name, address and phone number of the buyer and the name and address of the new location. The law allows for a penalty (upon conviction) of a fine of $100.00 and costs of prosecution or undergo imprisonment for not more than thirty days, or both, for failure to obtain a permit. The cost of a permit is $2.00.