State lawmakers join in legal battle over Philadelphia soda tax

State lawmakers join in legal battle over Philadelphia soda tax

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers recently filed an amicus brief in Commonwealth Court arguing against the legality of Philadelphia soda tax.

 

The group of 36 members from the state House of Representatives and state Senate hailing from 28 counties, encompassing nearly every corner of Pennsylvania say they are directly impacted by the implementation of the tax "because the tax is not Constitutional, violates the law, and will result in lost sales tax revenue collection into the Commonwealth’s general fund, directly impacting the budget and jeopardizing the ability to pass a timely budget and the funding of important services."

Tuesday, February 14, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Capitol Rotunda filled with locals rallying against new vapor tax

Capitol Rotunda filled with locals rallying against new vapor tax

Members of the Pennsylvania Vape Association joined other residents of Pennsylvania to rally in opposition to the 40 percent vapor tax. 

Chuck Huff, owner of Eve Vape, was one of the speakers at the rally Monday morning.

Monday, January 23, 2017/Author: Kara Barmoy
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Differing vape-tax-fix bills emerge from committee

Differing vape-tax-fix bills emerge from committee

Both houses of the legislature took steps to alter the tax on e-cigarettes and vape products Tuesday with differing proposals with the same goal emerging from legislative committee.

 

In July, the General Assembly passed the 40 percent floor tax on e-cigarette and vape products, including current inventory, as part of the revenue package supporting the budget. $13.3 million is anticipated from the tax.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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Legislators circulate proposals altering coming vape, e-cigarette tax

Legislators circulate proposals altering coming vape, e-cigarette tax

While it doesn’t become effective until October 1, legislators in the General Assembly are already working to change a crucial funding component of the FY 2016-2017 budget: a tax on vaping and e-cigarettes.

 

As part of the funding package that was passed for the budget, lawmakers are counting on over $13 million from the new tax, which is to be levied on vaping and e-cigarette product retailers who are to pay a 40 percent tax on all vaping and e-cigarette products—including devices and equipment—that extends to current on-shelf inventory.

 

Realizing this might cause a problem for shop owners, legislators in both chambers are circulating co-sponsorship memos for proposals which would help vape and e-cigarette retailers deal with how to pay the tax in order to limit its effect on their ability to stay financially viable.

Thursday, September 8, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
Proposal would examine potential changes to state and local tax collection practices

Proposal would examine potential changes to state and local tax collection practices

A soon-to-be-introduced bill by Rep. Nick Kotik (D-Allegheny) would create a commission to examine possible changes to state and local tax collection practices.

 

The proposal, currently in the form of a co-sponsorship memo first circulated early last week, would create the Tax Reform Commission—a commission made up of four members of the General Assembly and three gubernatorial appointees—which would conduct the study and then report its findings to the General Assembly.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
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