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Employees Beware: Payroll Tax “Holiday” is Only a Deferral


In response to President Trump’s August 8, 2020, memorandum to the Treasury Department, the IRS issued Notice 2020-65, which allows employers to suspend withholding and paying to the IRS certain employees’ Social Security payroll taxes (6.2% for each the employer and employee), beginning on September 1, 2020, and running through December 31, 2020. While participation

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Helpful Hints to Win Your Tax Appeal


Appealing real estate taxes may sound like a no-win situation. However, people can and do successfully appeal property taxes that have increased after a recent assessment. Some of the ways to protest hikes in real estate taxes and win cases are surprisingly simple yet effective. Documentation of Negative Influences Just because a property includes a

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Appeal My Property Taxes?


Taxes are a burden that all citizens endure. If you speak to your neighbors, you might all agree that you love where you live, despite the property taxes being notoriously high. You and your neighbor may also agree that appealing your high property taxes may be another headache to take on or the process may

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Are My Property Taxes Too High?


Recent reappraisal programs in Delaware County have left some homeowners wondering if their property taxes are fair in comparison to other area homes. Property taxes are based on the assessed value of your home, so it is a good idea to verify that the amount you have been assessed is up to date and accurate.

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Changes in Mortgage Payments Due to Property Tax Increases


Property taxes are an important funding source for local governments needing money to provide a wide array of public services. Although a tax hike can indicate an increase in the property value of a home, higher tax liability hits property owners where it hurts; their pocketbooks. For homeowners who pay their property taxes through their

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Calculating Property Taxes


For many homeowners, news of a property tax hike can be a source of stress and financial uncertainty. Understanding how and why property tax increases occur can help property owners prepare for the financial impact of tax hikes while remaining alert for tax overcharges. Assessing Property Values To determine the amount of local or state

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Challenging Property Tax Assessments


Property tax bills may amount to a lot of money and can be a burden for Pennsylvania residents. No one likes to pay high property taxes, and most pay it without thinking about any recourse. According to Forbes, just two percent of homeowners challenge their property tax assessments, even though the National Taxpayers Union reported

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Residential Tax Assessment Appeals


The Delaware County Tax Reassessment Project, initiated in March 2017, commenced in November with mailers being distributed to residential property owners in several municipalities. The reassessment results will apply for the 2021 tax year and may significantly increase the taxes property owners will have to pay. When homeowners receive the new assessments, they may feel

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A Message to Our Customers About Coronavirus COVID-19:
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A Message to Our Clients About Coronavirus COVID-19:

We want to assure everyone that during this unprecedented and difficult time, we are still operating and will continue to meet all the legal needs of the residents of the Delaware Valley. While the Governor’s recent orders have restricted the operations of some businesses, Eckell Sparks has deployed a variety of applications and hardware that allows both our attorneys and our support staff to confer with clients remotely, provide consultations to those seeking legal advice, and continue to provide the high level of legal services to our clients as we have always done. For more than 50 years, our Firm has been a force in the Delaware Valley legal community. And by now also leveraging technology, we will continue to do so both during, and after, the current public health emergency.

So, if you need us, we are here. Are you an employer and don’t know what to do under all the new Corona-virus laws being passed in Washington? Were you injured in a car accident either before, or during, the current crisis? Call or email us. We can help. www.eckellsparks.com 610-565-3700.

Stay safe out there.