Tax Claim Bureau
Tax Claim Bureau
The mission of the Tax Claim Bureau is to collect and distribute delinquent real estate taxes for the county, municipalities & school districts in the most effective manner.
The Bureau is continuously improving their efforts to provide more effective services to the taxpayers and to the taxing districts. Our ultimate goal is to collect Real Estate taxes and turn the monies collected over to the respective taxing authority. Our tax sales are growing in popularity, but the Bureau would prefer to collect the taxes instead of selling it for non-payment of the taxes. By cooperating with taxpayers and offering various payment options, additional tax monies can be collected in a more timely manner and fewer properties will be exposed/sold at tax sale, resulting in decreased work load for the Bureau, and simplified bookkeeping and timely disbursements for taxing districts.
About Department / Agency Responsibility
The Tax Claim Bureau is responsible for collecting delinquent Real Estate taxes. To do this, and to remain compliant with the PA Real Estate Tax Law, we send notices to those taxpayers who have not paid their taxes, set up payment plans for qualified individuals, accept and apply payments, and disburse monies collected to the respective taxing district on a monthly basis. We collect delinquent Real Estate taxes for 73 Berks County municipalities and 15 Berks County School Districts.
Please visit our appointment scheduler for an in person or virtual visit.
Acceptable forms of payment are: Check & Money OrderLearn More
Drop boxes are available at: the Service Center Lobby using the entrance off of Reed St, the Court House Foyer using the entrance off of Court St, and Immediately outside our office, in the hallway.
2023 Delinquent Taxes
2023 Tax balances are currently unavailable for payment. Payment can no longer be accepted by Tax collectors.
Please check our website or call our office the first week of February for payment amount and details.
**Reading School District Only - 2023 Tax balances will be available March 1, 2024**
Tax Claim Timeline & Fee Schedule
The Berks County Tax Claim Bureau follows the following timeline and fee schedule. This information is for informational purposes only and is subject to change at any time. if you have a specific question or concern, please contact the office at 610-478-6625 or contact us. Below is the timeline and fee schedule as of November 2022.