Report: Tax burden on Philly residents has decreased compared with burbs

Publication: Philadelphia Daily News

Author: Holly Otterbein


09/21/2012 - PHILADELPHIA has a reputation for taxing its residents so much that they flee to the suburbs.

Yet a Pew Charitable Trusts report released Wednesday shows that the city's residential tax burden dropped in the past 12 years.

At the same time, several New Jersey and Pennsylvania suburbs hiked taxes, which made the city more competitive with surrounding towns.

As for the tax burden of Philadelphia residents compared with that of suburbanites who don't work in the city, Philly went from having the region's third-highest burden in 2000 to the 48th-highest in 2012, according to the report.

"Philadelphians are still more heavily taxed than most of their suburban peers," said Thomas Ginsberg, lead author of the report. "But the tax gap between the city and the suburbs as a group has shrunk dramatically."

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