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Pennsylvania real estate tax exemptions are not universally applied to all nonprofit organizations. The General County Assessment Law specifically identifies exempt situations.
These include the following:
- Churches and other places of worship
- Burial places not held or used for private profit
- Hospitals, universities, colleges, seminaries, academies, and associations and institutions of learning, benevolence, and charity -- including fire and rescue stations -- founded, endowed, and maintained by public or private charity (charity should be a Pennsylvania purely public charity)
- Schoolhouses belonging to any county, borough, or school district
- Courthouses and jails
- Nonprofit public parks
- All public property used for public purposes
- Property owned, occupied, and used by veterans' organizations
- Property owned and used by institutions of purely public charity
- Playgrounds founded and maintained by public or private charity
- Free public libraries
- Museums, art galleries, and concert halls provided and maintained by public or private charities for public use and if not operated for profit
If your nonprofit is one of the above then you would want to call the Office of Property Assessment at(NNN) NNN-NNNN Normally a nonprofit would need to apply for their tax exemption by December 31, in order to be eligible for real estate tax exemption for the subsequent year.