If my home office is in Philly, but I live in NJ, and work mostly elsewhere, do I still have to pay the Philly city tax? Can anyone in similar situation explain how employers fill your W2s? Thanks

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When I do my hours I specify work location as Pennsylvania rather than Philadelphia (two different tax codes to select from here). I don’t pay city wage tax this way. If you’re paying in error for some reason, you can file a wage tax refund petition with the city to get a refund, but its a pain.

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To actually answer your question though, no, you shouldn’t be paying city tax if you don’t live in philly and don’t physically work in philly.

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I only had to do the petition for my first year because I was set up as a resident in error. It was over $4k that I got back for the one year so worth it. Since it’s been fixed my annual city tax is only around $500 for the few days I’m in the office plus holidays and vacation (which default to the city tax code for some bizarre reason).

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I’ve never bothered to petition the city for it. I think the only way to not have it withheld is to not be mapped to a Philly office address. The wage tax is however less for non-residents.

Thanks P-Dubs. So you still get taxed on the few days in the city huh? It doesn’t work on a threshold basis where you start paying the taxes only after exceeding a certain number of hours per year? Either way it’s better than losing 3.5% off your entire annual pay

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