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The Ymca is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Pa. There is

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The Ymca is a 501c3 non-profit organization in Pa. There is one located in Havertown, PA. Are they exempt from paying real estate taxes. They are leasing a property in Havertown they do not own the property or building
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Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Lane replied 10 months ago.

Hi. My name's Lane ... I can help here.


Yes, 501(c)(3)'s are, generally, exempt from paying property taxes.


In Pennsylvania, an agency is exempt only if it is a "purely public charity," which is stated in the Pennsylvania Constitution. To qualify as a "purely public charity" under Pennsylvania law, an organization must:

1) Advance a charitable purpose; 2) donate or render gratuitously a substantial portion of its services; 3) benefit a substantial and indefinite class of persons who are legitimate subjects of charity; 4) relieve the government of some of its burden; and 5) operate entirely free from private profit motive.


But property taxes are paid by the owner, so if you are asking about a lease that passes the property tax liability through to the tennant, in THIS case it's very possible that the non-profit WOULD pay th property ax as a part of its lease. ... becasue the Owner is NOT exempt, and the property tax is just one component of the lease cost.