Qualifying Tax Relief

Homestead Exclusion Ordinance (ACT 50) - Applies to County Taxes Only

The Allegheny County Homestead Exclusion excludes the first $18,000 of your assessed market value for county homeowners. South Fayette Township DOES NOT participate in this program for relief on municipal property taxes (the school district DOES participate under Act 50 – see below). In order to take advantage of this program, which is administered by the Allegheny County Office of Property Assessment, you must apply through that office. A link below has been provided for your convenience, and you can download an application through their Web site http://www.alleghenycounty.us/real-estate/abatements-exemptions/act-50.aspx.
For specific questions call 412-350-4600 or the South Fayette Property Tax Office at 412-225-8398. Applications must be received by the Allegheny County Office of Property Assessment by March 1 to be eligible for the reduction in the current tax year.

Act 50 Forms

STATE LAW REQUIRES THE INSTRUCTIONS BE PART OF THE APPLICATION FORM:
ACT 50 Application & Instructions for Homestead & Farmstead Exclusions
ACT 50 Removal Form

To qualify:

  • All taxpayers by law must file a Homestead/Farmstead Application.
  • The ONLY requirement for acceptance is that you are the owner of the property listed on the application, and the property is your PRIMARY RESIDENCE.
  • Once accepted and qualified, there is no need to reapply.
  • Only if a new deed is filed on eligible property is there a need to reapply.

To determine if you already have an application on file with the County for Act 50 tax relief program, you can visit the Allegheny County Real Estate Web Site. The "General Information" tab for your property will show "YES" in the Homestead line on the left side of the web page if your application is on file. You will only have to apply once unless a change in status on the primary residence has occurred or a new deed is filed.
If you previously filed and qualified for the Act 50 Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion then you are automatically registered for Act 1, the Tax Relief Act of 2006.


Tax Payer Relief Act 1 - Applies to School Taxes Only

The Property Tax Relief - Act 1 program was signed into Pennsylvania law in June 2006. The law has the potential to provide some property tax relief to resident homeowners & is based on Gambling Revenue. The amount of relief changes and varies for each tax year depending on the amount of revenue received by the state and distributed. A property owner must be approved and qualified for ACT 50, the homestead exemptions, (through Allegheny County) in order to receive ACT 1 school tax relief. If you previously filed and qualified for the Act 50 exclusion, you are automatically registered for the Act 1 reduction.

Act 1 Form & Instructions

Act 1 Form Application & Instructions for Property Tax Relief

For questions on the Homestead/Farmstead Exemptions, (Act 50) or the Tax Relief Act, (Act 1 of 2006) or any other tax relief program don’t hesitate to contact the South Fayette Township Property Tax Office at 412-225-8398 and/or the Allegheny County Assessments Office at 412-350-4600.


Allegheny County Senior Citizen Property Tax Relief Program - ACT 77

Allegheny County offers a senior citizen tax relief program. The program provides relief for Allegheny County Property Taxes and South Fayette Township Municipal Taxes.
(This program does not apply to school property taxes.)

The program gives 30% property tax reduction for Allegheny County taxes and 30% property tax reduction for South Fayette Township Municipal Taxes.


To qualify:

  • Age
    An applicant must be 60 years of age or older during the current tax year of application submitted. If married, either spouse must be 60 years of age or older during the current tax year the application is submitted. If widowed, the applicant must be 50 years of age or older during the current tax year the application is submitted.
  • Residency
    An applicant must have owned one or more primary residences within Allegheny County continuously for a minimum of the past 10 years.
  • Income
    Household Income can not exceed $30,000 for the previous year.

For the South Fayette Township, once your application is approved by the Allegheny County you are automatically approved for South Fayette Township's Senior Citizen Tax Relief Program.

For applications contact Allegheny County Treasure John Weinstein at 412-350-4100, www.alleghenycounty.us/treasure .


Disabled Veterans And Widow's Property Tax Relief Program

Honorably Discharged Veterans that have a 100% service-connected disability can be exempt from payment of Real Property Taxes on their principal residence. This exemption is based on financial need. Income level may not exceed $79,050 to be eligible for this program.

Widows of Honorably Discharged Wartime Veterans, who died of a service-connected disability (if the veteran would have been eligible for the exemption), may also be eligible for Real Property Tax Exemption on their principal residence. As with the veterans exemption, this is based on financial need. Income level may not exceed $79,050 to be eligible for this program.

This program is applied through the Veterans Affairs Office at Soldiers and Sailors Hall located in Oakland, Allegheny County. If you feel you qualify, an appointment must be set up through their office at 412-621-4357. During the interview process they will assist with the application process and file the application for you once the criteria have been met.