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File Philadelphia Wage Tax Return Quarterly in 2022

The City of Philadelphia’s Department of Revenue has changed the Philadelphia Wage Tax Return filing requirement to quarterly. The first due date to file the Philadelphia Wage Tax return quarterly is May 2, 2022. The Department of Revenue has provided important reminders regarding the new electronic processes for 2022.

A new website, the Philadelphia Tax Center, is designed to provide better service to taxpayers with the best way to pay, file, and amend business taxes for 2015 and later. The goal is for taxpayers to access all tax and online services on the new site.

Paper returns to file Philadelphia Wage Tax will no longer be accepted in 2022.

No Paper Returns Accepted

In a move to streamline filing and paying Philadelphia Wage Tax, the Department of Revenue introduced an online filing and payment process. Paper returns will no longer be accepted in 2022.

Due Date Schedule for Filing Philadelphia Wage Tax Return Quarterly

1st Quarter Filing Due Date: May 2, 2022

2nd Quarter Filing Due Date: August 1, 2022

3rd Quarter Filing Due Date: October 31, 2022

4th Quarter Filing Due Date: January 31, 2023

What To Do Now

Existing Philadelphia Taxpayers

Before an existing Philadelphia taxpayer can file, make a payment, or submit any tax returns, an online account with a username and password, must be created.

To access the Philadelphia Tax Center, click here.

  • Create a username and password, and
  • Request a verification letter.

New Philadelphia Taxpayers

If you are a new and have not paid taxes to City of Philadelphia before, you can register yourself or business as a new taxpayer with the Philadelphia Department of Revenue online. To register to pay one of the below listed taxes, click here.

  • Business Income and Receipts Tax
  • Net Profits Tax
  • School Income Tax
  • Wage Tax (Employers only)
  • Earnings Tax (Employees only)
  • Liquor Tax
  • Philadelphia Beverage Tax
  • Tobacco Tax

If you don’t see the tax you need to register for, email revenue@phila.gov for more information.

Take Action, Create Account Now

Keep in mind that if you need access to your existing tax account, the verification process can take 5 – 10 business days. A physical letter will be sent in the mail for verification. If you must file a tax return before the letter is received, temporarily use your previous filing method. You can also pay without a username and password on this site by selecting one of the options under the Payment panel below. You can no longer make electronic payments using the old eFile/ePay site or over the phone.

Taxpayers need to create an account before May 2, 2022. The verification process can take a 5 – 10 business days.

Philadelphia Wage Tax Refunds

The pandemic caused many employees to work from home, which may not have been within the City limits. If you are seeking a refund for Philadelphia Wage Tax, you do not need a username and password. You will be able to request a refund electronically. Visit the Philadelphia Tax Center and scroll to the Refunds panel. You will be able to select “Request a Wage Tax refund” to begin the process.

Need Assistance?

If you are unable to use the self-serve portal on the new website, the Department of Revenue created videos with step-by-step instructions. To access the video, click here.

If you have questions about Wage Tax or the Philadelphia Tax Center, please email revenue@phila.gov or call (215) 686-6600.

Should you have questions about this topic, or any other topics related to your personal or business situation, please contact us at any time.

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