James Fritz

James Fritz

McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

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PA Budget Watch

On Tuesday June 30th, Republican majorities in the Pennsylvania House and Senate passed a 2015-16 budget with no new taxes and sent it to Democrat Governor Tom Wolf who promptly vetoed the bill and called upon legislative...more

7/2/2015 - Legislative Agendas State Budgets

Devil's in Details of PA Governor's Tax Proposals

On March 3rd, when Governor Wolf submitted his budget and tax proposals for FY 2015-16, it was widely understood that the Sales & Use Tax Manufacturing Exclusion would be retained. What was not said was that he would...more

3/18/2015 - Corporate Taxes State Budgets Tom Wolf

PA Short Notes - March 2015

..In January, the PA Department of Revenue advised the tax community that it had - in November - joined the Multistate Tax Commission's corporate tax audit program, in order to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of PA...more

3/11/2015 - Audits Corporate Taxes Fuel Tax Liquid Natural Gas Multistate Tax Commission

Gov. Wolf Proposes Reordering of PA Tax System for FY2015-16

In office only two months, Governor Wolf has wasted no time in proposing a budget which would boost education funding, provide local real estate tax relief, close a $2 billion operating deficit and address Pennsylvania's $50...more

3/10/2015 - State Budgets Tax Reform Tax Revenues Tom Wolf

Department Shifts Position on Sourcing of Intangibles

While the Department’s Information Notice focuses primarily on the sourcing of revenues from services, it also addresses the sourcing of receipts from intangibles – in a manner seeming to be directly at odds with previously...more

1/8/2015 - Department of Revenue Intangibles Private Letter Rulings UDITPA

PA Rev. Dept. Issues Guidance on Sales Factor Sourcing of Services

Shortly after issuance of our last newsletter in early December, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue published Information Notice Corporation Taxes 2014-01, providing official guidance on the apportionment changes made by...more

1/6/2015 - Corporate Taxes Department of Revenue Franchise Taxes Rulemaking Process Sales Factor

PA Tax Law News - December 2014

In This Issue: - Recent PA Sales Tax Guidance Concerning Natural Gas and Other Mining Activities - Focus on Pennsylvania Corporate Taxes - Application and Sale of Restricted Tax Credits -...more

12/8/2014 - Corporate Taxes Mining Natural Gas Realty Transfer Taxes Sales & Use Tax Tax Credits

Focus on Pennsylvania Corporate Taxes

With the November 4th election of Democrat Tom Wolf as Pennsylvania’s next Governor, Pennsylvania corporate taxpayers face an interesting budget season in 2015. During the campaign, Wolf advocated for a severance or...more

12/3/2014 - Apportionment Corporate Taxes Department of Revenue Election Results Gross Receipts Tax Marcellus Shale Mining Natural Gas Resource Extraction Royalties Sales Factor Verizon

Navigating Pennsylvania’s Tax Appeals Process - Updated September 2014

Pennsylvania’s tax appeal system has long been criticized as very complicated, expensive and lacking impartiality. Several years ago, the PA Chamber, the PA Bar Association and other interested groups were able to work with...more

10/1/2014 - Client Services Tax Appeals

PA Tax Law News - September 2014

In This Issue: - Sales Factor Sourcing of Services & Intangibles - Nonresident Limited Partners Liable for Personal Income Tax - PA Appeal Systems Changes Update - Personal Responsibility for...more

9/16/2014 - Apportionment Audits Foreign Entities Franchise Taxes Limited Partnerships Rulemaking Process Tax Revenues UDITPA

PA Appeal Systems Changes Update

It has now been over a year since Pennsylvania’s General Assembly enacted major changes to Pennsylvania’s tax appeals process, and roughly five months since the new structure for the Board of Finance and Revenue was...more

9/11/2014 - Appeals Tax Appeals

Sales Factor Sourcing of Services & Intangibles

We still are waiting for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (the “Department”) to publish official guidance on the apportionment changes made by Act 52 of 2013. Effective for tax years beginning after December 31, 2013,...more

9/9/2014 - Department of Revenue Franchise Taxes Intangibles State Taxes

Hotel Tax Increases and Philadelphia Cigarette Tax

At this writing, a bill authorizing certain counties to impose or increase their hotel taxes remains pending before the Pennsylvania House for concurrence on Senate amendments. Authorization of a local option Cigarette Tax...more

7/16/2014 - Hospitality Industry Hotels Occupancy Tax Pending Legislation Public Schools

PA Budget - Minor Tax & Escheat Impacts

On June 30th, the Pennsylvania House and Senate adopted a budget for FY 2014-15 which requires no major tax increases. The Governor signed the budget and accompanying Fiscal Code bill on July 10th, after making several line...more

7/14/2014 - Escheat State Budgets State Taxes

PA Tax Law News - Spring 2014

In This Issue: - OUCH! Do PA Revenue Shortfalls Foretell PA Tax Increases? - County Property Assessment Appeals Deadlines Approaching! - McNees Attorneys Goodman and Varner Author 2014 Edition of Assessment Law...more

6/2/2014 - Corporate Taxes Income Taxes Property Tax Revenue SALT State Taxes

Exemption for Construction of Water and Sewer Lines

The PA Department of Revenue has renewed a ruling that a contractor may claim exemption for certain items installed in the construction of water and sanitary sewer lines for a private developer where the sewer lines will be...more

5/30/2014 - Contractors Exemptions Municipalities Real Estate Development Sewer Systems Subcontractors Utilities Sector Water Water Supplies

PA Senators Continue Pushing to Replace School Property Taxes with Expanded Personal Income & Sales Taxes - May 2014

On April 30th the Pennsylvania Senate’s Finance Committee held a hearing on S.B. 76 which would eliminate school district property taxes in Pennsylvania. The bill would replace the lost revenues: (a) by boosting the...more

5/29/2014 - Legislative Agendas Legislative Committees Public Schools Sales & Use Tax School Districts State Taxes Tax Exemptions Tax Rates Tax Revenues

OUCH! Do PA Revenue Shortfalls Foretell PA Tax Increases?

After April General Fund revenues painfully fell short of April 2013 revenues, and well short of the official revenue forecast, Pennsylvania’s year-to-date General Fund shortfall now exceeds $400 million and is forecast to...more

5/28/2014 - State Budgets Tax Rates Tax Revenues

Local Business Privilege Taxes Limited

Governor Corbett has signed legislation (H.B. 1513, Act 42 of 2014) which establishes a threshold for local business privilege taxation and precludes double taxation. ...more

5/28/2014 - Business Taxes Double Taxation Small Business

PA Senators Pushing to Replace School Property Taxes with Expanded Personal Income and Sales Taxes

A number of Pennsylvania State Senators continue to push for legislation to eliminate school district property taxes in Pennsylvania. They would replace the lost revenues by increasing the statewide Personal Income Tax rate...more

4/22/2014 - Exemptions Income Taxes NAICS Property Tax Public Schools Sales & Use Tax School Districts

PA Tax Law News - February 2014

In This Issue: PA Governor's Budget Proposal Preserves Capital Stock/Franchise Tax Phase-out; Shopping Guides and Inserts; Documentation Requirements for Sales of Fuel Oil; Property Tax Notes; and PA Issues on Appeal -...more

2/24/2014 - Franchise Taxes Franchises Fuel Tax Oil & Gas State Taxes

PA Tax Law News - February 2014: PA Governor's Budget Proposal Preserves Capital Stock/Franchise Tax Phase-out

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has proposed a FY2014-15 state budget that includes no new taxes and no mainstream tax increases. This would preserve the phase-out of the Capital Stock and Franchise Taxes on the...more

2/19/2014 - State Budgets Tax Rates

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013

In This Issue: Fuel Taxes Increased to Solve Transportation Funding Shortfall; PA Supreme Court Upholds Rejection of Township Business Privilege Tax; Unclaimed Property - Challenge to Delaware’s Auditing Procedures;...more

12/13/2013 - Audits Business Privilege Tax Contaminated Properties Contractors Environmental Assessments Exempt Organizations Mining Property Damage Purchase Price Repairs Sales & Use Tax Tractor-Trailers Unclaimed Property

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: Board of Finance and Revenue Changes Awaited

As this issue went to press we awaited official announcement of the Governor’s two nominees, and the State Treasurer’s designee, to the Board of Finance and Revenue. The Board was reconstituted by Act 52 of 2013 (see article...more

12/12/2013 - Confirmation Proceedings Department of Revenue Ex-Parte Communications Nominations Proposed Regulation Tax Appeals Witness Statements

PA Tax Law News: December 2013 -- Sales Tax - Mine Site Preparation

On November 15th, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue updated and reissued Sales and Use Tax Bulletin 2012-01, addressing sales and use tax issues with respect to drilling site preparation in the Marcellus Shale. As...more

12/11/2013 - Mining Property Tax Sales & Use Tax

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