Pennsylvania Tax Increment Financing

Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

Program Type:

Tax Increment Financing

Eligible Geography:



In Pennsylvania, the use of tax increment financing by eligible local governments is authorized by Pennsylvania Public Law 465, No. 113, ยง 1, Tax Increment Financing Act. A TIF is a tool that allows eligible municipalities and counties to promote economic development using revenues from future funding streams. The governing body makes public improvements in a defined, eligible project area with the intent of stimulating economic development. As the development occurs, the value of the property increases within the district, and so do revenues generated from property taxes paid by the owners. Through a TIF, the governing body is allowed to use the revenues generated by the incremental increase in property tax values to pay for the improvements it made to support the development and to help pay for other infrastructure improvements.

Eligible Recipients:

Local Government; For-Profit Business

Eligible Recipients Detail:

A county, city, borough, incorporated town, township or home rule municipality is eligible to implement tax increment financing in eligible areas of their jusrisidiction.

Eligible Purpose:

General Infrastructure; Last Mile Infrastructure; Building Infrastructure; Anchor Institution Infrastructure

Eligible Purpose Detail:

Eligible projects for TIF funds must advance the elimination and prevention of the development or spread of blight, which may include property acquisition, clearance, redevelopment, rehabilitation or conservation in a tax increment district, or a combination or part thereof in accordance with a project plan.

Excluded Programs:


Other Eligibility Criteria:

Only blighted areas may be designated as TIF districts.