Tax information

Tax Collector

Karen Struckle

Karen Struckle is the Tax Collector for Mount Pocono Borough. Karen was elected to a four (4) year term which expires December 31, 2025. Karen’s information is below:

550 Devils Hole Road
Cresco, PA 18326
Phone: 570.895.4144

Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Wednesdays 4:00pm to 7:00pm

Appointments by Request

Tax frequently asked questions

EIT stands for Earned Income Tax. EIT is a tax on individuals who earn income as an employee, such as wages, salaries, commissions and tips. State law gives municipalities and school districts the legal authority to levy a tax on individual Gross earned income. EIT is usually collected through payroll deductions. Self-employed individuals pay their own EIT. The amount of tax is based on where the individual lives. Usually, it is 1% of the gross wage.

Originally, called the Occupational Privilege Tax, and now called the Local Service Tax. LST is a tax levied on individuals who are employed in municipalities or in school districts that have enacted the tax. The tax is collected through payroll deductions from all employees. Self-employed individuals pay their own LST. The LST is a flat rate of $1.00 per week or $52.00 per year.

Berkheimer is a company that collects and administers local PA Taxes for many municipalities and school district though-out the state. They help individuals, employers, payroll companies and tax preparers and governments with processing taxes.

If you have a mortgage payment, the mortgage company usually includes the tax payment in your monthly payments. This tax money is placed in an escrow account to pay the taxes. When you receive your tax bill contact your mortgage company. If no mortgage, the homeowner can make payments directly to their taxing authority when they are due.

If you disagree with your property tax assessment there is a process to appeal. Contact Monroe County Assessment Office to begin an appeal. Phone 570-517-3133 & Fax 570-517-3854.

The property tax millage rate was increased this year by a half a mil from 5.503 in 2022 to 6.503 in 2023. The Real Estate tax is 5.15 and the Street Improvement Tax .965 which is used for Borough road maintenance.  Also .155 is allocated for the Pocono Mountain Public Library and .155 for the Pocono Mountain Fire Company.  Another .078 is allocated for Emergency Management Services. The total municipal taxes for 2023 is 6.503.

Property Taxes and Real Estate Taxes are essentially the same and are paid by an individual who owns property. Property tax is based on the assessed value of real property. Property taxes  are levied by the state and local municipalities and are used to fund school districts, community amenities, local expenses and projects, law enforcement, fire protection, emergency services, libraries, and maintenance of roads.

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