Preparing and filing your federal, state and local income tax can be a painful process. Taking some time to learn more before starting to work on your taxes may not only make the process a little easier, but also result in more $$$s in your bank account!
For instance, did you know that there are tax credits specifically for college students that can substantially reduce your tax bill? Or that many people who are not required to file get refunds if they do file?
We hope the links provided on this page will help you at this special time of year, and give you the best possible outcome!
Detailed guidance for college students on filing Pennsylvania income tax. Provides the rules for when students must file, along with additional advice on such subjects as whether scholarships count as taxable income, etc. From the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
Find out exactly what your local taxes are, and who collects them, based on where you live. Once you have your results, click on the "+" before your municipality and school district names to see the breakdown of your tax rate, as well as contact information for your tax collector. From the Pennsylvania Governor's Center for Local Government Services. Or, simply call your local government's office and ask them.
The Ultimate Question - Why Do We Have Income Tax?
People who meet certain conditions can file their state and federal income tax for free, after answering a few simple questions. From the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
Local Income Tax e-Filing
e-Filing for local income tax may be available through your local tax collector's website. Use the "Find Your Local Tax Rates & Local Tax Collector(s)" link on this page to determine who your local tax collector(s) is, and their website address. Check their website to see if e-filing is an option.
The PGH-40 has been replaced by the Taxpayer Annual Local Earned Income Tax Return. Note that which version of the form you use is determined by the school district you live in; check the "any of these PSD codes" links for each form if you are unclear which is the correct one for you. For city of Pittsburgh residents, normally you would select the "Taxpayer Final Return (70) Allegheny County Central TCD Version."
Income Tax Forms & Publications (Instructions & Other Information)
Find your PA-40 form and instructions here, along with many more. From the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.
Local Income Tax Forms & Instructions
These are available from your local tax collector. Use the "Find Your Local Tax Rates & Local Tax Collector(s)" link on this page to determine who your local tax collector(s) is, and how to contact them.
Not sure how to fill in a federal tax related blank? Try the Interactive Tax Assistant, which through a series of questions can help you answer questions such as what your filing status is or are you eligible for the child tax credit.