Philadelphia Extends Filing, Tax Payment and Estimated Payment Due Dates and Loosens City Wage Tax Withholding Policy



On March 26, 2020, the city of Philadelphia issued policy statements that did the following:

  • Extended to July 15, 2020, the April 15, 2020 deadline for filing, paying and making estimated payments of BIRT and NPT.
  • Clarified that:
    • “Non-resident employees based in Philadelphia whose employers require to work from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic are not subject to City Wage Tax withholding during that time.”
    • An employee may file refund claims for any wage tax mistakenly withheld during this (or any other) period by filing a Wage Tax Reconciliation Form in 2021.

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