Legislation to ban local taxes, regulation on plastic bags vetoed by Gov. Wolf

Legislation to ban local taxes, regulation on plastic bags vetoed by Gov. Wolf

Last Friday, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed House Bill 1071 on grounds of pre-emption and constitutionality according to statements released by his office.

House Bill 1071, prime sponsored by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), prohibits counties and municipalities from imposing a ban, fee, surcharge or tax on recyclable plastic bags at point of sale. Rep. Farry created the legislation to promote the plastic bag workforce and encourage recycling programs related to the disposal of plastic bags.

This legislation has been discussed in the previous years and some municipalities—namely Philadelphia and Pittsburgh—have attempted or discussed placing a tax on plastic bags in the past. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Republicans and Democrats show differences of opinion on tax policy

Republicans and Democrats show differences of opinion on tax policy

As revenue generation has been a key component to ongoing budget talks, tax policy in some manner has been part of the discussion; and, with the legislative calendar turning ever closer to June 30, Democratic and Republican lawmakers have been showing their differences of opinion in terms of how taxes should play in terms of the overall revenue picture for the Commonwealth.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
PA tax amnesty program nears deadline

PA tax amnesty program nears deadline

Pennsylvania’s tax amnesty program is nearing its end, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue said this week.

The amnesty program, articulated in Act 84 of 2016, allows delinquent taxpayers an amnesty period of April 21, 2017, to June 19, 2017, to pay past owed state taxes with half of the interest and waived penalties. 

Wednesday, May 31, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
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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