Can A Court Stay Payment of Property Taxes During a Divorce?
The answer will depend on the wording of the court order. It would be a matter for a higher court to review the legality of the court order. While the court has powers to prevent the dissipation of marital assets and can order the sale of property to be made to facilitate division of assets, enjoining another branch of government from tax collection may raise separation of powers issues. Actual separation of powers is achieved when the power which may raise taxes does not have the last word on how to allocate tax revenues. The U.S. government has a partial separation of powers. It distinguishes between three groups. The executive, the legislative, and the judicial. The legislative branch has the ability to enact laws. The executive branch has the ability to see those laws enforced. Tax collection falls under the executive branch. The judicial branch has the ability to decide the liability of a party under the laws.
Please see the following PA statutes:
RULE 3183. STAY OF EXECUTION. SETTING ASIDE EXECUTION
(a) Execution shall be stayed as to all or any part of the property of
(1) upon written direction of the plaintiff to the sheriff;
(2) upon a showing of exemption or immunity of property from execution;
(3) upon a showing of a right to a stay under the provisions of
an Act of Congress or an Act of Assembly.
(b) Execution may be stayed by the court as to all or any part of the
property of the defendant upon its own motion or application of any party
in interest showing
(1) a defect in the writ or service; or
(2) any other legal or equitable ground.
(c) In an order staying execution the court may impose such terms and
conditions or limit the stay to such reasonable time as it may deem
(d) The court may on application of any party in interest set aside the
writ or service
(1) for a defect therein; or
(2) upon a showing of exemption or immunity of property from
(3) upon any other legal or equitable ground.
(e) All objections by the defendant shall be raised at one time.
(f) After the termination of a stay, execution may proceed without
reissuanee of the writ.
72 P. S. § 3310-211. Authority to remove lien
The secretary shall remove the lien on any property and shall promptly
notify the property owner that the lien has been removed if any of the
(1) the debt which underlies the lien has been otherwise satisfied;
(2) removal of the lien will facilitate the collection of the
outstanding debt; or
(3) the taxpayer has entered into an agreement under section 205[fn1]
to satisfy the outstanding debt by means of installment payments and
such agreement provides for the removal of the lien.