Welcome To Ben Avon Heights Borough!

Tax Filing Update

Governor Wolf signed into law Act 10 of 2021 (HB 766) today to address the local earned income tax return deadline.

The Act amends the Tax Reform Code of 1971 and provides temporary authority to the Department of Community and Economic Development (“DCED”) to deal with local taxation during the Governor’s March 6, 2020, proclamation of disaster emergency.

More specifically, the law states that DCED shall coordinate with the governing bodies to extend filing and payment deadlines for local taxes under Chapter 5 of the Local Tax Enabling Act to coincide with the State (PA-40) deadline, which is ultimately also tied to the Federal tax (Form 1040) deadline. The Act further provides that the period after April 14, 2021 and before May 17, 2021 shall be disregarded for the calculation of interest, penalty or any addition to tax for failure to meet the April 15 deadline in the Local Tax Enabling Act.

Finally, the Act provides permanent authority to the DCED to deal with local taxation and ensure that the filing deadline of a final return under Chapter 5 of the LTEA coincides with the State deadline under Section 330 of the Tax Reform Code.

Brief Borough History

The Borough of Ben Avon Heights is situated on a hill above the Ohio River just nine miles from the city of Pittsburgh, PA. The approximately two square mile area Borough is primarily a residential community with 142 homes, a lovely community park, and one commercial property, the Shannopin Country Club. Some have described the neighborhood as A Norman Rockwell Kind of Community.

The Borough is governed by a mayor and borough council all of whom serve as elected volunteers. The Borough has a storied past and has included many past mayors and burgesses and well as an interesting history of places where voting has occured.

The current borough real estate tax rate is 7.95 mills and a wage or earned income tax of one half of one percent. The borough’s annual budget is about $500,000. Demographics from 2010 are available.

For a complete history of the formation of Ben Avon Heights Borough, please visit the Borough History page.