Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the role of the Lower Gwynedd Township Tax Collector?

The Lower Gwynedd Township Tax Collector is elected for a 4-year term and is the liaison between taxpayers and the local taxing bodies. The Tax Collector is responsible for the billing and collecting of Lower Gwynedd homeowners’ real estate property taxes for the 3 taxing bodies: the township, county, and Wissahickon School District. The Tax Collector has no authority over taxing rates or deadlines, as those are set by the taxing bodies.

How do I pay my real estate taxes?

You can choose to pay online, through the mail, or in person. Click here for more information.

When can I expect my real estate tax bill?

Real estate tax bills are mailed at 2 different times throughout the year. Township/County tax bills are mailed in early March. These tax bills cover January 1st to December 31st. Wissahickon School District tax bills are mailed in early July. These tax bills cover July 1st to June 30th.

What happens if I don’t get my real estate tax bill or it went to the wrong address?

The law states that taxpayers are responsible for paying their real estate taxes even if they do not receive their tax bills.

If you do not receive a bill, please check that the mailing address for the property in question is correct by completing a property records search here.

If you need to change the mailing address please contact the Montgomery County Board of Assessments at 610-278-3761. It would also be helpful to contact our office by completing this (hyperlink Change of Address form) form and emailing it to [email protected].

Why did I receive a bill if my mortgage company pays it for me?

Real estate tax bills must be mailed to the property owner. Most mortgage companies also receive a copy of the bill, but it is the responsibility of the property owner to check with their mortgage company to make sure the bill was received and paid. Property owners should also monitor their monthly mortgage statements to make sure payment was made from their escrow account.

If I’ve misplaced my tax bill, how can I get a new one?

You can download a copy of your tax bills here. Please email Natalie at [email protected] with any questions.

When are taxes due?

Click here (hyperlink to pdf) for a complete list of due dates.

How can I pay last year’s taxes?

The Tax Office can accept payment for only the current calendar year. Please email [email protected] or click here for more information.

How do I find my property’s assessed value?

Complete a property records search here.

How can I learn more about property assessments?

Assessments are determined by the Montgomery County Board of Assessment Appeals. The taxing authorities use these assessments to determine the amount of real estate tax you owe. Click here for information about the assessment process and how to appeal an assessment.

How do I qualify for the Homestead/Farmstead tax reduction?

Click here (hyperlink to PDF) for the Homestead/Farmstead application.

This program is available to homeowners who claim their Lower Gwynedd property as their primary residence. There are no age or income restrictions. The Board of Assessments will determine whether or not the property is eligible for a discount on Wissahickon School District real estate taxes.

The application must be received by the Board of Assessments by March 1st to qualify for a reduction in your school real estate taxes for that year.

For more information, contact the Montgomery County Assessments Office at 610-278-3761.

What is the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program?

To learn more about this program, eligibility and how to apply, please visit the PA Department of Revenue here.

If the property is found eligible for the state program, you can also apply for the school district rebate program here.

What is an interim real estate tax bill?

If a property is reassessed at a higher amount, the homeowners will receive an interim bill that is separate from the annual county/township and school district tax bills. This interim bill will cover the additional taxes owed based on the increased assessment. This bill can be paid by mail or at the Lower Gwynedd Township Tax Collection Office.

Is there an installment plan to pay my taxes?

The Wissahickon School District real estate taxes may be paid in one lump sum OR in 3 installments.

If you would like to use the installment plan feature, simply pay the first installment by July 31st. The second installment is due before September 15th, and the third installment is due before October 31st.

There is no discount with the installment plan.

You can receive the 2% discount by paying the entire amount in one lump sum before August 31st.

The County/Township real estate tax bill does NOT have an installment plan and must be paid in one lump sum.

Who collects my earned income tax?

The Lower Gwynedd Township Tax Collection Office does not collect earned income tax. Berkheimer collects this tax on behalf of the township and school district. All Lower Gwynedd Township residents with earned income must submit a Berkheimer Tax Return by April 15th each year. To learn more, call 610-599-3139 or click here.