For Lower Gwynedd Township 80% of the total revenues come from taxes. This revenue is used towards police protection, fire protection, street repair and maintenance, parks maintenance and capital improvement projects along with many other services throughout the township to ensure the highest quality of safety for our residents and visitors. The following is a list and brief explanation of the taxes enacted by Lower Gwyendd Township.
Earned Income Tax (EIT)*
An Earned Income Tax (EIT) of 1% on gross earnings for individuals and net profits for businesses is imposed on everyone living or working in Lower Gwynedd Township. This tax is distributed evenly between the Township and Wissahickon School District, each receiving 0.5%. The collection of the EIT generates 53% of the revenues received by the Township.
Real Estate Tax**
The Board of Supervisors approves the real estate millage rate for the Township as part of the annual budget approval process (usually in late December). The following is the millage rate and breakdown for the 2018 Fiscal Year:
|General Purpose||0.792 mills|
|Fire Protection||0.146 mills|
|Fire Hydrant||0.030 mills|
Total Millage Rate (2020) 1.223 mills
Property Taxes are expressed in terms of mills per dollar of assessed value. One mill is equal to one-tenth (1/10) of a penny or 1/1000 of a dollar. To calculate a property tax the formula is always (Mill Rate X Assessed Value). For instance, with a millage rate of 1.493 mills, and a $300,000 assessed value of a home the tax rate would be:
.001493 X $300,000 = $447.90
Local Services Tax (LST)*
The Local Services Tax was enacted in 2011 and is paid by everyone working in the Township. The tax is $52.00 per year. This tax is usually collected by payroll withholding and remitted to the Tax Administrator. Any individual making less than $12,000 in a calendar year can file for an exemption with your employer.
Business Privilege Tax*
The Business Privilege Tax is paid by business owners and professionals with offices based in Lower Gwynedd Township. The BPT is based on one mil (1 mil) of gross receipts.
The Mercantile Tax is paid by merchants with businesses in Lower Gwynedd Township. The Mercantile Tax is based on total retail and wholesale sales from the business.
** PSD Codes can be found here for the requisite forms.**
*Mandated by Pennsylvania Act 32, Lower Gwynedd Township Elected Tax Collector will no longer be collecting the Earned Income Tax (EIT), Local Services Tax (LST), Mercantile Tax and Business Privilege Tax after the 2011 tax year. The Act has consolidated the collection of the taxes to one administrator per county. Effective 2012, Berkheimer Tax Administrator will collect for all jurisdictions in Montgomery County.
**Lower Gwynedd's Elected Tax Collector will continue to collect the Real Estate Tax for Lower Gwynedd Township. Below is the contact information:
Linda Sacks, Tax Collector
Lower Gwynedd Township
P O Box 640
Spring House, Pa. 19477
Phone: (215) 628-3988
Fax (215) 628 9296
Physical Office Location:
921 N Betlehem Pike
Ambler, Pa. 19002
Walk-in Office Hours: Every Wednesday 10 AM - 3 PM
Other hours by appointment only.
Lower Gwynedd Township
1130 N Bethlehem Pike
PO Box 625
Spring House, PA 19477
Phone: (215) 646-5302
Fax: (215) 646-3357
*COVID-19 Restrictions: Access to the Township Building is by appointment only.