Mercantile Tax Information

Taxes Collection

If your business sells any type of product, call the Borough’s mercantile tax collector, Michael Freedman, at 412-653-6321, to report this.

Pleasant Hills Borough has a mercantile tax for businesses that sell a product. The tax is due each year along with a $30 license fee. The tax for the current years is based upon the prior year's calendar gross receipts. If you were not in business for the full prior year, or your business started after January 1st of the current year, follow the instructions on the tax form. Calculate the tax on gross receipts for any products that are sold. Do not use receipts for services rendered. Restaurants and bars would use total gross receipts, minus the sale of alcohol, which is exempt. If your business sells products and also provides a service, you must segregate the receipts so that you can pay the mercantile tax on products sold. Please see the back of the tax form for further information on what type of businesses are required to pay this tax. Non-profit organizations and businesses that manufacture all of their products are exempt.

Tax forms are mailed out each year at the end of January and are due by April 15th . New businesses must file the return within 40 days of commencement of business. Once you have paid your license fee and tax, you will be mailed a license which must be posted at your business.

West Jefferson Hills School District also has a mercantile tax. In addition, they have a business privilege tax for businesses that provide a service. The school district tax is collected by Jordan Tax Service who can be reached at 724-731-2300. Please note that if your business is in the Curry Hollow Shopping Center, you must pay the borough’s mercantile tax, but you are not in West Jefferson Hills School District. You are in Baldwin-Whitehall School District, which does not have a mercantile or business privilege tax. You are required to pay only the Borough’s mercantile tax to Michael Freedman.

Forms are available to download below.

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