Pennsylvania State and Local Tax Updates March 2019

Will you owe the Philadelphia School Income Tax (SIT)?

March 27, 2019

Residents of this city who have unearned income must file returns and pay SIT by 4/15/19. Taxpayers who don’t receive reminders by mail must still file the return and pay the tax if they have certain forms of income, including dividends, royalties, gambling winnings, some interest, and more. SIT is not payable on bank account interest or capital gains from government bonds. Failure to pay the SIT on time may result in penalties.

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Be aware of common PA tax scams

March 27, 2019

Attention Pennsylvania residents! The PA Dept. of Revenue, PA certified public accountants and the IRS are partnering to warn you of common tax scams. One scam making the rounds is the “Final Demand for Payment” notice that threatens to seize your property if you don’t immediately pay the bogus bill. The bill includes an 800 number to call and claims to be from the state of PA. Don’t take the bait! If you receive such a demand, contact us.

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Interactive gaming at Pennsylvania airports gets new regulations

March 20, 2019

Interactive gaming at [ATJ(1]Pennsylvania airports gets new regulations. The PA Gaming Control Board has released temporary regulations that govern interactive gaming through multiuse computing devices installed in the gaming areas of qualified PA airports. The regulations address many issues that interactive gaming operators need to know, including gaming fees, taxes, licensure requirements, required reports and more. If you need help navigating the guidelines and rules, contact us.


PA taxpayers who have “standing” may challenge a property’s valuation.

March 20, 2019

Pennsylvania taxpayers who have “standing” may challenge a property’s valuation. But a PA trial court denied one taxpayer the right to appeal the valuation, because, though he had an interest in the property, he wasn’t the owner. The taxpayer’s appeal was based on the Municipal Claims and Tax Liens Act (MCTLA), which allows a person with an interest in a property to intervene in a case involving the property. However, the MCTLA doesn’t govern valuation proceedings in PA, so the claim was denied due to a lack of standing. (Commw Ct. Dkt. No. 1728 C.D. 2017)


Pennsylvania landowners must follow procedures when seeking appeal

March 13, 2019

Pennsylvania landowners must follow procedures when seeking an appeal. A PA taxpayer purchased 27 real estate parcels in 2015, but didn’t pay property tax in 2015-2017. When the parcels were exposed to a possible tax sale, the owner petitioned the trial court to halt the process while he pursued an adjustment of the property values. The trial court denied his petition, stating the taxpayer hadn’t exhausted the statutory remedies available. The PA Commonwealth Court agreed, and the PA Supreme Court had previously expressed the same opinion. (Dkt. No.585 MAL 2018)

Pennsylvania enacts better way to file fuel and mineral tax returns

March 13, 2019

Pennsylvania enacts a better way to file fuel and mineral tax returns. The PA Dept. of Revenue launched an e-services portal in Feb. 2019 for taxpayers with obligations to the Bureau of Motor and Alternative Fuels Taxes. Taxpayers can register, file, renew, file returns and pay balances due on the myPATH system. myPATH is intuitive and user-friendly and may be used for the following taxes: International Fuel Agreement, motor carrier road tax, motor fuel tax, alternative fuels tax and PA fuel transporter tax.
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Use Caution with Refund Anticipation Loans

March 6, 2019

A refund anticipation loan (RAL) is made in anticipation of a taxpayer’s state or federal income tax refund (RAL). Be cautious about them, warns the Pennsylvania Dept. of Revenue (PDOR). PA Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell notes that RALs will likely reduce the amount of a refund, because they come with high interest, fees, and possible other unsatisfactory terms. The PDOR urges taxpayers to read the fine print and ask questions.


Pennsylvania residents: tax scams heat up during tax season

March 6, 2019

The PA Dept. of Revenue (PDOR) warns of various scams circulating now, which use bogus emails and malicious software. One common scam involves a phony “final demand for payment” notice. It threatens to seize property unless immediate payment is made. PDOR reminds taxpayers to never provide personal information or money without proof you’re dealing with a legitimate government representative.

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