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February 17, 2015

Pa. County's Review Puts Scores of Charities on Tax Rolls

Early results of an Allegheny County, Pa., review of nonprofit-owned property show nearly 200 organizations placed on the tax rolls, adding some $200,000 to county coffers and prompting other Pennsylvania jurisdictions to consider similar procedures, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The tax moves stem from an effort started in 2013 by Allegheny County, which sent letters to 2,800 local nonprofits asking them to show that their properties were used solely for charitable purposes. The owners of 20 properties reported that they were taxable, and 170 that did not respond automatically went back on the rolls.

To date the western Pennsylvania county has fully reviewed less than 10 percent of the 2,561 parcels that responded to the 2013 letters, and legal fights potentially loom as analysis gets to major nonprofit institutions like hospitals and universities, according to the Post-Gazette.