New Tax Collector

Running for the Office of Tax Collector

Individuals running for the office of Tax Collector for the first time:

 A criminal history clearance report must be obtained and filed with your petition to run for office, at your local Board of Elections. These reports must be obtained from the PA State Police (FBI in some cases-see statute) and in most cases can be received immediately.

Cost is $22.00.  Please be sure to allow for enough time, in case there is a delay in your ability to receive the report. 

Last day to file petitions in 2021 is March 9.

PA State Police website (PATCH)


Current Tax Collectors seeking Re-election

Petitions may be circulated for signature starting February 16 and the last day to file petitions is March 9.
Current Tax Collectors must have reported to the DCED 2 Continuing Education credits by the conclusion of their 3rd year in office of the current term. (December 31, 2020)
Votes PA has all the deadline details and information


First things first – you’ve won the election, now what…..

Next Steps

You must be complete the Tax Collector Basic Qualification class and exam

prior to taking your Oath of Office in January. This will establish you as a “Qualified tax collector”.  You may sign up for that class here:  Tax Collector Basic Qualification Class and exam


You should register for a unique tax collector ID# with the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED)

this is how they will track your “Qualified” status. You may register here, using A$tps3B4, as your access code

You must qualify for bond before entering into the duties of your office.

Typically, the taxing districts will initiate bonding which can be done jointly.  Make sure you contact your County, Municipality or school district to determine the process for completion of the bonding application form.

A tax collector bank account should be set up at a bank convenient to you.

The account should be entitled with your name, tax collector, the name of your municipality and school district (if applicable).  They are typically opened as a government funds account.  You are a municipal official and as such should utilize the municipal EIN to open the bank account. You are restricted by statute, to open the account with your social security #.

There are numerous tax collection software programs available to tax collectors.

Evaluate the programs to select one that works best for your collections.  The names of popular computer programs can be obtained from other collectors in your County or through the PSTCA.

Office equipment and software useful for the operation of your tax office:

paid stamp (to include the date received and your name), address stamp, adding machine, fax machine, answering machine, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word.


Submit membership for your local tax collectors association and the PA State Tax Collectors’ Association.


Select an individual to be your Deputy tax collector; in the case of incapacitation.

Select an individual to be your Deputy tax collector; in the case of incapacitation. This is mandated by state law and should be done at the beginning of your term. A Deputization form can be printed here.  (Only municipal approval is required)

To be eligible to run for re-election in 2021;

All tax collectors must maintain their Qualified status by completing 2 hours MANDATORY continuing education, PER TERM.  These credits must be completed by the third year of a collectors term.

New Tax Collectors

Are you a new tax collector? Visit this page for the next steps in your new position.

Join Today!

If you are not yet a member of the PSTCA, you can click here to join now.

Members-Only Login

Click here to log in to the Members-Only Area of the PSTCA's website

Note: New members-only site users must contact for login credentials. Please provide your name, email address, County and the Municipality you collect for. Information will be cross referenced for membership verification. You will then receive an email with a password. You must complete this step before you can sign in.