Frequently Asked Questions

 

What is a Reminder Notice?

A Reminder Notice is sent to an individual when we have not received a Local Earned Income Tax Return from the taxpayer.

Why did I receive a Reminder Notice?

Our records indicate that we have not received a Local Earned Income Tax Return for the tax year stated on the notice.

A Local Earned Income Tax Return must be filed annually by April 15, (unless the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday then the due date becomes the next business day) for the preceding tax year.

Where do I mail my return?

Berkheimer Tax Administrator
PO Box 25146
Lehigh Valley, Pa. 18002

What do I do if I previously filed a return with Berkheimer?

Please send a copy of your tax return with W 2 Form(s) and schedules attached along with the Reminder Notice to:

Berkheimer Tax Administrator
PO Box 25146
Lehigh Valley, Pa. 18002

What do I do if I previously filed a return with another tax collector?

Please send a copy of your tax return with W 2 Form(s) and schedules attached that were filed with the other tax collector along with the Reminder Notice to:

Berkheimer Tax Administrator
PO Box 25146
Lehigh Valley, Pa. 18002

What do I do if I only lived at my residence part of the year?

You are required to file a return for any period of time you were/are a resident of a municipality for which Berkheimer is the tax administrator. You are required to file for the period of time you lived in that municipality and prorate your income, expense, withholding, etc. Below is a formula you can use for prorating:

***Total years income / 12 months or 365 days X length of time living in Jurisdiction = Income taxable to that jurisdiction (same formula can be used for withheld and expenses)****

What documentation do I need to attach to this form?

You should submit documentation that sufficiently supports the amount reported on each line of your return, including but not limited to, W-2s, State business reporting schedules, expense schedules, etc. Photocopies are acceptable.

What is the cost?

The cost is a fee for not filing a Local Earned Income Tax return by the due date.

Can the cost be deducted from my refund?

Yes, you can deduct the cost from your refund if one is due.

How do I calculate my penalty and interest (P&I)?

P & I is assessed at the rate of .041% per day if submitted after the original filing due date. (.00041 x # of days late x amount of tax due = P & I due).

Example payment was due April 30th and is made on May 30th. The payment is 30 days late. Payment due is $100. 

Calculation would be: .00041 x 30 x 100 = $1.23 in penalty and interest due. Total due is $101.23. 

I had my taxes withheld. Why am I still required to file?

You are still required to file an annual tax return with your resident taxing jurisdiction even though local taxes are withheld by your employer so that Berkheimer can reconcile your total taxable income for the year with the quarterly taxes withheld and remitted by your employer.

How do I know what township I reside in and if Berkheimer is the collector?

If you need to locate what jurisdiction you are residing in you may choose to visit the following website: http://munstatspa.dced.state.pa.us/FindLocalTax.aspx?T=1

If you need to locate the tax rate and the collector for your jurisdiction you may choose to visit the following website: http://munstatspa.dced.state.pa.us/MunicipalTaxInfo.aspx?H=1

** Please note this is not a Berkheimer website and we are not responsible for any content that may be accessed via this link.**

What do I do if I believe I received this Reminder Notice in error?

If you believe you received a Reminder Notice in error, click here to tell us why.

For additional Earned Income Tax final return information, click here.