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PENNSYLVANIA DEED TRANSFER TAX



Pennsylvania welcome signIf you’re purchasing a home in Pennsylvania, one of the closing costs you will incur is the Pennsylvania state deed transfer tax.

Think of the transfer tax (or tax stamp) as a sales tax on real estate. The State of Pennsylvania charges 1% of the sales price and the municipality and school district USUALLY charge 1% between them for a total of 2% (i.e. 2% X 100,000 = $2,000). By custom, the buyer and seller split the cost. 1% to buyer, 1% to seller; however payment is dictated by the sales contract. Some municipalities and/or school districts charge more or less. The Pennsylvania counties and the respective deed tax rates are listed below. If you discover an error or a change, please let me know by E-mail.

The PA deed transfer tax is not charged on refinance transactions . . . only on property transfers (i.e. sales). Pennsylvania DOES NOT have a mortgage tax or revenue stamps. Some real estate transfers are exempt from realty transfer tax, including certain transfers among family members, to governmental units, between religious organizations, to shareholders or partners and to or from nonprofit industrial development agencies. Deeds to burial sites, certain transfers of ownership in real estate companies and farms and property passed by testate or intestate succession are also exempt from the tax. Lenders, you can find more information on purchase & refinance transactions in Pennsylvania on the LENDER'S Page.


Pennsylvania Deed Transfer Tax Rates

  Local Tax School Tax Pennsylvania Total
Adams County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Allegheny County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- Bellevue Borough 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- Bethel Park Municipality 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- Greentree Borough 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- Hampton Township 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- McCandles Township 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- Mckeesport City 1.50% 0.50% 1.00% 3.00%
-- Monroeville Municipality 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- Mt. Lebanon Municipality 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- Mt. Oliver Borough 1.00% 1.00% 1.00% 3.00%
-- O’hara Township 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- Penn Hills Municipality 1.50% 0.50% 1.00% 3.00%
-- Pine Township 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- Pittsburgh, City Of 2.00% 1.00% 1.00% 4.00%
-- Upper St. Clair Township 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- West Deer Township 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
-- Whitehall Borough 0.750% 0.50% 1.00% 2.25%
Armstrong County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Beaver County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Bedford County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Berks County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- City Of Reading
School District Is Included In 4%
4.00% 1.00% 5.00%
Blair County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Bradford County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Bucks County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Butler County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Cambria County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Cameron County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Carbon County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Centre County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- Ferguson Township 1.25% 0.50% 1.00% 2.75%
-- State College Borough 1.25% 0.50% 1.00% 2.75%
-- Taylor Township .050% 0.000 1.00% 1.50%
Chester County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- City Of Coatesville 1.50% 0.50% 1.00% 3.00%
-- Tredyffrin Township 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
Clarion County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Clearfield County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Clinton County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- Colebrook Township 0.000 0.50% 1.00% 1.50%
-- East Kating Township 0.000 0.50% 1.00% 1.50%
Columbia County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Crawford County - 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- Borough Of Edinboro 1.00% .500 1.00% 2.50%
Cumberland County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Dauphin County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Delaware County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- Randor Township 0.75% 0.75% 1.00% 2.50%
-- Upper Providence Township 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
Elk County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Erie County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Fayette County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Forest County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Franklin County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Fulton County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Greene County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Huntingdon County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Indiana County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Jefferson County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Juniata County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Lackawanna County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- City Of Scranton 2.80% 0.50% 1.00% 4.30%
Lancaster County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Lawrence County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Lebanon County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Lehigh County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Luzerne County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- City Of Wilkes Barre 2.00% 0.50% 1.00% 3.50%
-- Kingston Borough 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
Lycoming County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Mckean County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Mercer County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Mifflin County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Monroe County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Montgomery County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Montour County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
North Hampton County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Northumberland County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Perry County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Philadelphia County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- City Of Philadelphia
* School District Is Included In 3%
3.00% 1.00% 4.00%
Pike County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Potter County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Schuylkill County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Snyder County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Somerset County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- Wellersburg Borough 0.50% - 0 - 1.00% 1.50%
Sullivan County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Susquehanna County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Tioga County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Union County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Venango County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Warren County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Washington County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
-- Peters Township 1.00% 0.50% 1.00% 2.50%
Wayne County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Westmoreland County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
Wyoming County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%
York County 0.50% 0.50% 1.00% 2.00%

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