​Pennsylvania Tax Filing Season Opens for Tax Year 2018

Pennsylvania’s tax filing season is now and the Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers that they can electronically file their personal income tax returns. The filing deadline to submit 2018 tax returns is April 15, 2019.

“Pennsylvanians who file their state taxes electronically benefit from faster processing and receive their refunds sooner,” Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell said. “We encourage all Pennsylvania taxpayers to take advantage of easy-to-use electronic filing options.”


Padirectfile, a free, secure, state-only electronic income tax filing system, is available through the Department of Revenue’s website. For more information or to begin filing, visit Padirectfile.

Electronic Filing Free

Free electronic filing options are available to file state and federal returns using software from a reputable vendor (income limits may apply). More vendor information is available on the department’s website.

Electronic Filing for a Fee

Paid tax preparers and commercial tax preparation software providers that offer e-filing for a fee may begin processing returns.

E-filing offers advantages not available to taxpayers filing by paper, including error-reducing automatic calculators, instant confirmation of successful filing, faster refund processing and direct deposit options.

April 15 Deadline

All taxpayers who received more than $33 in total gross taxable income in the calendar year 2018 must file a Pennsylvania personal income tax return by midnight, Monday, April 15, 2019.

Avoid Filing Errors

Taxpayers are reminded to provide their complete Social Security numbers when filing a return to avoid a delay in processing a return and refund. The department protects the confidentiality of the information.

When filing a joint return with a spouse, the Social Security numbers of both individuals should be included.

Taxpayer Service and Assistance

Personal income tax assistance is available through the department’s Online Customer Service Center and by calling 717-787-8201 between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Taxpayers may also visit a Department of Revenue district office, listed in the government pages of local phone directories, for basic state personal income tax filing assistance. Assistance at district offices is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and taxpayers are encouraged to bring their Social Security cards with them to facilitate tax filing.

Taxpayers can check the status of their refunds online by visiting the department’s website and selecting the Where’s My Income Tax Refund? link on the department’s homepage; or by calling 1-888-PATAXES  to find out the status of their refunds. Taxpayers will be prompted to provide their Social Security number and requested refund amount to obtain the current status.

Free tax forms and instructions are available at www.revenue.pa.gov.