Philadelphia going after retirees who owe property taxes

The city of Philadelphia is cracking down on those who are behind on their property taxes.  One effort is designed to catch city employees and pensioners.

Revenue Commissioner Keith Richardson says almost $10 million is owed to Philadelphia and the school district from people collecting city pensions.  Richardson says they have already received warning letters.

“The letter stipulated if they did not enter into a payment agreement or pay their taxes in full, their pension checks will be subject to withholding,” said Richardson.  “The second letter went out in February 13 hundred letters to retirees for 9.8 million dollars in delinquencies.”

Philadelphia can withhold up to 25 percent of employees’ or retirees’ checks for past due taxes.  Richardson did not release a figure for how much money is owed by current employees.

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