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What are the requirements for filing local earned income taxes?
ALL individuals who resided in Lancaster County or the Octorara Area School District in Chester County for all or part of any calendar yeasr AND had earned income or net profits in that year are required to file a Local Earned Income & Net Profits Tax Return with the Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau (LCTCB) each year by April 15.

Failure to file a Local Earned Income & Net Profits Tax Return by April 15 may result in additional costs including interest, penalties and late fees. You must file a tax return even if your employer withheld the correct tax amount and no tax is due. If your return indicates an amount due, sending a payment coupon and check does not meet the requirement of filing a return.

If you filed a paper return last year with LCTCB you will receive a return and instructions in the mail. If you filed electronically last year you will receive a postcard which will include your PIN to file electronically this year. Failure to receive a tax return, postcard or other notification by mail does not relieve you of your obligation to file an annual return.

You are encouraged to file your return electronically by using the LCTCB eFiling application available through the website at If you mail a paper return using the USPS, you are encouraged to keep a copy of your signed return. Failure of the USPS to deliver your return may result in a late fee charge to you.

If you use a tax preparer please note that most preparers do not mail the local tax return for you, mailing the return is your responsibility. If the preparer tells you that your local return was filed electronically, be sure to request a copy of the confirmation form for your records.

Additional information on who must file, how to file, and where to file your Local Earned Income Tax Return is available at the Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau website – If you need additional assistance, you may contact LCTCB by mail at 1845 William Penn Way, Lancaster, PA 17601, by email at, or by phone at (717) 569-4521. Please note there may long wait times during tax season if you select the phone option.

LCTCB is a non-profit, independent organization established by the school districts and municipalities of Lancaster County to collect local earned income taxes. LCTCB is not a part of the Lancaster County government offices. The Lancaster County government offices will not be able to assist you with the filing of your local earned income tax return.
Lancaster County Tax Collection Bureau Link


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