Philadelphia’s fiscal health and tax policies affect the city’s ability to deliver critical municipal services while also retaining and attracting residents and businesses.

Pew’s work on these issues includes research on Philadelphia’s property tax collections, the state of the city’s underfunded pension system, Philadelphia’s record on preparing for revenue volatility, and whether tax incentives are producing the intended results. 

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Taxes in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia’s tax policies have been an ongoing focus of public debate in the city. Pew’s research on the topic has included examinations of local property tax assessments and collections, the residential tax burden in the city compared with its suburbs, and business tax incentives and exemptions.

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A Stress Test of Philadelphia’s Retirement System

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The Pew Charitable Trusts conducted a stress test analysis of Philadelphia’s city retirement plan in late 2018 to help policymakers evaluate how the plan would weather various economic conditions, given recent reforms.

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Philadelphia’s Road to Pension Recovery

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Philadelphia has taken steps to put its underfunded public employee pension system on what will be a long road to recovery. Will those efforts work, and can the city stick to the plan?