What are your office hours, phone & fax numbers?
Please call for office hours and closing dates.
REMINDER REGARDING COUNTY AND SCHOOL TAXES:
Lehigh County real estate taxes are collected by and payable to Lehigh
County either at the Government Center, at a local Wachovia Bank or
by mail. Tax bills will be issued by 4/1. Bethlehem Area School District
real estate taxes are collected by the City of Bethlehem and are payable
at the city tax office, at a local Wachovia Bank or by mail. Tax bills
will be issued by 7/1. Please follow payment instructions as detailed
on your bills. DO NOT SEND COUNTY OR SCHOOL TAX PAYMENTS TO THE BOROUGH
TAX OFFICE. DOING SO MAY CAUSE A DELAY IN PROCESSING YOUR PAYMENTS AND
MAY RESULT IN LATE PAYMENT CHARGES.
Where can I make my tax payments?
Payments are accepted at the Fountain Hill Borough Municipal Building
Tax Office, 941 Long Street, during office hours. Payments can also
be mailed or dropped in outer or inner office mail slots at office location.
Note: Exact change only is accepted for cash payment of taxes. PLEASE
DO NOT DROP LARGE CASH AMOUNTS IN MAIL SLOTS. CASH PAYMENTS SHOULD BE
MADE AT THE WINDOW ONLY AND SHOULD BE RECEIPTED.
Which taxes do you collect?
I collect real estate taxes and per capita taxes for the Borough of
Note: Garbage/Sewage taxes are issued separately by the Borough and
may not be combined with Real Estate Taxes. Earned Income Tax is handled
by Berkheimer Associates. Tax forms are available at Borough Offices.
What are the due dates for Borough Real Estate
Net Period (2% Discount): 4/1 - 5/31
Face Period (Flat Tax): 6/1 - 7/31
Penalty Period (10% Penalty): 8/1 - 12/31
Can I combine Real Estate Taxes and Per Capita
Taxes in one payment?
Borough Real Estate and Per Capita Taxes may be combined in one payment.
Can I pay my Borough Real Estate Tax bill
Borough real estate tax payments must be paid in full and must be remitted
as one payment.
How do I get a receipt for my payment
if mailed or dropped in office mail slots?
If official receipt is desired, submit both copies of your tax bill
with a self-addressed stamped envelope and your receipt will be returned
or retain the taxpayer's copy and your check will be your receipt. If
indicated, I will hold your receipts at office for pick-up.
What if my bank or mortgage company
pays my taxes from escrow?
If a bank or mortgage company pays your real estate taxes for you,
please forward your real estate tax bills to them. All original tax
bills are sent to the property owner unless otherwise designated to
the Lehigh County Assessment Office via an official address change form
(available at office). If you would like your tax bills sent to another
address other than the property address please contact this office or
the assessment office.
Do you provide proof of real estate
tax payments for the purpose of rent/property tax rebates?
Send your request to the tax office and include a self-addressed stamped
envelope. Payment history will be sent to you. You may also leave your
request on the office answering machine and pick up your tax payment
history at the office during office hours.
Does the Homestead Rebate apply to
Borough real estate tax bills?
No. The rebate applies to school tax bills. You must have a Homestead
Application on file with the Lehigh County Assessment Office to receive
the Homestead Rebate. Forms are available at the Borough office, Assessment
office or online at LehighCounty.org.
Do you provide tax certifications
and duplicate bills?
Tax certifications and duplicate bills will be provided upon request.
Tax Cert includes current year tax information for Borough and School
real estate taxes. Garbage/Sewage payment information must be obtained
from the Borough Secretary.
Fax or send your request for a tax certification to: Diane Allen at
941 Long St., Fountain Hill, PA 18015.
Tax Certification Fee: $15.00
Duplicate Bill Fee: $ 5.00
Contact Lehigh County Fiscal Office for county tax certifications at
Contact the City of Bethlehem Tax office for school tax
certifications at 610-865-7011.
- Taxes are due and payable as prescribed by law, whether or not
a tax bill has been received by the taxpayer.
- The taxpayer is responsible for all returned check fees.
- All real estate taxes unpaid as of 12/31 will be turned over
to Lehigh Valley Tax Claim for collection.
- Mailing address changes must be made through this office or through
the Lehigh County Assessment Office.
- There are no exemptions regarding the borough per capita tax.
For a complete text of the Borough Real Estate and Per Capita Tax see Code of Ordinance, Chapter, 18, TAXATION.