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Pennsylvania real estate transfer tax

In Pennsylvania we have a "deed transfer tax". Consider it a sales tax on real estate. One per cent of the entire sales price is paid to the State of Pennsylvania and another 1% is (usually) divided equally between the school district and local government for a total of two percent of the sale price.

Although dictated by the sales contract, most buyers and sellers split the cost of the deed transfer tax 50/50. Here's the calculation:

Taxing Body Percent Rate X Sales Price Transfer Tax
Local & School 1% X $100,000 $1,000
State of PA 1% X $100,000 $1,000
TOTAL       $2,000

Pennsylvania DOES NOT have a mortgage tax or revenue stamps. Only the deed transfer tax for ownership transfers. Transfer tax is not applicable for refinance mortgages - unless there is an ownership change.  You can estimate the deed transfer tax cost with the Closing Cost Calculator.



Pennsylvania Deed Transfer Tax Exceptions
There are some exceptions. Some municipalities charge more or less; here is the list of the deed transfer tax rate exceptions. If you are aware of a change or see an error, please let know - EMAIL

Pennsylvania CountyLocal TaxSchool TaxPennsylvaniaTotal
Adams County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Allegheny County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- Bellevue Borough1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- Bethel Park Municipality1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- Greentree Borough1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- Hampton Township1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- McCandles Township1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- Mckeesport City1.50%0.50%1.00%3.00%
-- Monroeville Municipality1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- Mt. Lebanon Municipality1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- Mt. Oliver Borough1.00%1.00%1.00%3.00%
-- O’hara Township1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- Penn Hills Municipality1.50%0.50%1.00%3.00%
-- Pine Township1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- Pittsburgh, City Of2.00%1.00%1.00%4.00%
-- Upper St. Clair Township1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- West Deer Township1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- Whitehall Borough0.750%0.50%1.00%2.25%
Armstrong County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Beaver County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Bedford County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Berks County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- City Of Reading4.00%School District Is Included In 4%1.00%5.00%
Blair County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Bradford County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Bucks County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Butler County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Cambria County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Cameron County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Carbon County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Centre County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- Ferguson Township1.25%0.50%1.00%2.75%
-- State College Borough1.25%0.50%1.00%2.75%
-- Taylor Township.050%0.0001.00%1.50%
Chester County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- City Of Coatesville1.50%0.50%1.00%3.00%
-- Tredyffrin Township1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
Clarion County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Clearfield County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Clinton County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- Colebrook Township0.0000.50%1.00%1.50%
-- East Kating Township0.0000.50%1.00%1.50%
Columbia County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Crawford County, Pa -1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
-- Borough Of Edinboro1.00%1.5001.00%2.50%
Cumberland County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Dauphin County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Delaware County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- Randor Township0.75%0.75%1.00%2.50%
-- Upper Providence Township1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
Elk County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Erie County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Fayette County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Forest County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Franklin County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Fulton County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Greene County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Huntingdon County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Indiana County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Jefferson County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Juniata County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Lackawanna County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- City Of Scranton2.80%0.50%1.00%4.30%
Lancaster County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Lawrence County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Lebanon County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Lehigh County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Luzerne County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- City Of Wilkes Barre2.00%0.50%1.00%3.50%
-- Kingston Borough1.00%0.50%1.00%2.50%
Lycoming County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Mckean County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Mercer County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Mifflin County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Monroe County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Montgomery County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Montour County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
North Hampton County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Northumberland County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Perry County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Philadelphia County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- City Of Philadelphia3.00%* School District Is Included In 3%1.00%4.00%
Pike County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Potter County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Schuylkill County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Snyder County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Somerset County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- Wellersburg Borough0.50%- 0 -1.00%1.50%
Sullivan County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Susquehanna County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Tioga County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Union County, PA0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Venango County, PA0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Warren County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Washington County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
-- Peters Township1.50%0.50%1.00%2.50%
Wayne County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Westmoreland County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
Wyoming County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%
York County, Pa0.50%0.50%1.00%2.00%