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Old 05-20-2012, 02:22 PM
 
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Hi Everyone!

Went last weekend to check it out, but didn't really find a good fit in the Horsham area. Doylestown was more to my liking, but I may take a position in Philly so that's out. 1/2 hr commute is about all I want to do. Although, I didn't have time to check it out firsthand, from the postings and online videos, I believe Chestnut Hill would be a great alternative. More walkable, parks, a nice downtown area, accessible train. If I do decide on the position in Horsham, Googlemaps shows a 19 min commute. I'm assuming most of the traffic would be heading the opposite direction into Philly? Would $1k/mo for a 1BR rental be reasonable in the area? Thanks again for all your input!
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:33 PM
 
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Whatever Google Maps tells you about the length of a commute, double it.
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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The additional thing to consider about Chestnut Hill is that you'll pay city wage tax, between 3-4% of your salary, where most suburban communities are more like 1%. If you work in the city, you'll pay it either way.

Regarding commute, it depends on where in Chestnut Hill and where in Horsham. 19 minutes seems optimistic, but you may be within 25 or it may be closer to 40.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:04 PM
 
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I thought the city wage tax was for the Jersey commuters? I have family in Jersey that work in Philly, I know they have to pay it. Everyone pays the tax, even if your mailing address IS Philadelphia? And Maf, it's all up in the air right now until I get back over to see the apartments in person. I just think it's the perfect central area to where I'll need to be either way.
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Old 05-20-2012, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Everyone pays the tax who works and/or lives in philadelphia. Chestnut Hill is very nice but the wage tax is a big negative for someone who doesn't work in the city. i think it would be no more than a 30 min commute to Horsham.
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Old 05-20-2012, 05:29 PM
 
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I believe I saw an ad for an apt rental in Jenkintown that stated no wage tax. Is there a website where I can go to verify the percentages for the individual towns?
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I believe I saw an ad for an apt rental in Jenkintown that stated no wage tax. Is there a website where I can go to verify the percentages for the individual towns?
You can look up local tax for each municipality using this link. Jenkintown is 1%, which is what most municipalities have. Generally, half goes to the municipality and half goes to the school district.

Municipal Statistics Tax Reports

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Old 05-22-2012, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I lived in Willow Grove (suburb) while working in the city and you still pay city wage tax. In return, my Willow Grove wage tax (1%) was waived because they credit what you pay to Philadelphia. If you live in Philly and work there too, you pay a higher rate (about 0.5% higher).

Bottom line, if you work in Philly, you pay city hall. Here is their tax link: City of Philadelphia | Revenue Department
But, you said that you travel a lot so here is the good news: if you are a non-resident, the wage tax on any work that your perform outside of Philly is refundable at the end of the tax year. The form can be found on the Philly website above.

I work with folks who live in Jersey and they deduct their city wage tax from their state tax.
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Old 05-23-2012, 12:30 AM
 
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Thanks Angus and Tripp for the great advice. It definitely changes things up a bit. The good thing is, I still have a bit of time before I have to make any permanent decision.
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Old 07-17-2012, 02:14 PM
 
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Default Wage tax

So, based on what I read here, if you work in Horsham, which has a 1% tax for non-resident workers, then to the extent you live in a county that only has a 1% resident tax, that is credited somehow, correct? So working in Horsham, you would only pay 1% so long as you live in a district that does not have more than a 1% tax. Is this correct?
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