Act 48, 2015 establishes additional requirements for individuals wishing to run for
the office of tax collector and creates mandatory basic qualification and continuing
education requirements for all tax collectors. Below are the requirements for running
for the office of tax collector in Pennsylvania, effective January 1, 2017 (there
may be additional or special requirements specific to certain municipalities.)
You must be an elector of the municipality
You must have resided in the municipality for one year before the election.
Individuals running for the office of tax collector, for the first time, must include
a report of criminal history record from the PA State Police (in accordance with
18 Pa.C.S. Ch.91) when filing their nomination petition with the county board of
elections. This report must be obtained within 1 year of filing the petition. This
section does not apply to an individual filing a nomination petition for a second
or subsequent term in the office of tax collector.
If an individual filing a nomination petition, for the first time, has not been a
resident of this Commonwealth for the two years immediately preceding the filing
of the petition, they must also submit a report of Federal criminal history record
(obtained pursuant to 28 CFR Pt. 16, Subpt.C.) with the county board of elections.
This report must be obtained within 1 year of filing the petition.This section
does not apply to an individual filing a nomination petition for a second or subsequent
term in the office of tax collector.
An individual who has won election for the office of tax collector must qualify for
bond before he/she enters into the duties of office.
The tax collector basic qualification class and examination must be completed before
the Oath of Office for all new tax collectors. Upon satisfactory completion of the
class and examination, an individual will be considered a “Qualified” collector.
Tax collector’s in office on January 1, 2017 will be known as a“Qualified” tax collector
To be eligible to run for re-election in 2021; All tax collectors must maintain their
Qualified status by completing 2 hours MANDATORY continuing education, PER TERM.
These credits must be completed by the third year of a collectors term.
QUALIFIED COLLECTORVS PA QUALIFIED MUNICIPAL COLLECTOR (PQMC) (mandatory)(optional)
Mandatory tax collector continuing education program required by Act 48. It is monitored
and administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development.
Optional enrichment program established and administered by the PA State Tax Collectors
Association, designed to support uniformity in practices and applications of statutory
procedures through education and training where collectors who earn this designation
are recognized as experts in their field.