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The Side of Tax Reform They’re Not Telling You

Deep-sixing property taxes is a popular pledge on the state and local campaign trail. But the promise is only half the story. Citizens need to ask: “And then what?” Like a climbing wall, eliminating property taxes may...more

Tax Increases Part of Governor Wolf’s 2016-2017 Proposed Budget

On February 9, amidst the Commonwealth’s longest-ever budget standoff over the 2015-2016 budget, Governor Wolf presented his 2016-2017 budget address to the General Assembly with combative and pointed remarks. While there...more

The Noose Tightens: Charitable Exemptions Again Under Attack

For decades, charities in Pennsylvania have enjoyed an exemption from real estate taxation and sales and use taxes. Recently, several Pennsylvania appellate decisions have tightened that exemption. As a result, charities...more

County Waited Too Long to Assess

In Duke Energy Fayette II, LLC v. Fayette County Board of Assessment Appeals, No. 1406 C.D. 2014 (May 28, 2015), the Court found that the Fayette County Board of Assessment Appeals conducted an impermissible spot reassessment...more

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

Auto Notes - December 2014

In This Issue: - Retail Vehicle Installment Sale Contracts Now Regulated under PA Consumer Credit Code’s Motor Vehicle Sales Finance Provisions - Arbitration Clauses Referencing American Arbitration...more

Business Privilege Taxes Paid On Leases Refund/Appeal Filing Needed By March/April 2015

On September 19, 2014, the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court in Fish, Hrabrick and Briskin v. Township of Lower Merion, No. 1940 C.D. 2013, held that lease receipts are not taxable under local business privilege tax ordinances....more

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

It Wasn’t Wirth It: Nonresident Limited Partners Liable for Personal Income Tax on Discharge of Nonrecourse Debt

In June 17, 2014, in Wirth v. Commonwealth, 82-85 MAP 2012, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (the “Court”) affirmed the Commonwealth Court’s holding that nonresident limited partners were liable for Pennsylvania Personal Income...more

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

County Property Assessment Appeals Deadlines Approaching!

Those who pay property tax in Pennsylvania have an annual opportunity to appeal the assessed value of property. Deadlines for these appeals vary by county, but most are either August 1 or September 1, so now is the time to...more

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

PA Tax Law News - February 2014: Property Tax Notes

The Commonwealth Court in Douglass Village Residents Group v. Berks County Board of Assessment Appeals, No. 921 C.D. 2013 (1/27/2014), held that garages and decks in a mobile home park should be assessed to the landowner. ...more

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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

PA Tax Law News -- December 2013: PA Supreme Court Upholds Rejection of Township Business Privilege Tax

On October 29, 2013, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from a February 2013 Commonwealth Court decision holding that a township business privilege tax applied only to transactions within the township....more

PA Tax Law News -- September 2013

In This Issue: Commonwealth Court Denies Manufacturing Exclusion to Service Provider; PA Telecom Gross Receipts Litigation Finally Moving; Philadelphia Property Owners Take Notice! Reassessment Appeal Deadline...more

PA Tax Law News -- September 2013: Philadelphia Property Owners Take Notice! Reassessment Appeal Deadline Approaching

In February, the Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (“OPA”) issued new “Actual Value Initiative” reassessments for every property in Philadelphia. Property owners were given the chance to file an informal appeal. If...more

PA Tax Law News -- June 2013

In This Issue: Home Stretch to a PA Budget; PA to Project Vendor Overpayments In Some Audits; Township Business Privilege Tax Rejected; and Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds IFTA Liability. Excerpt from Home...more

Township Business Privilege Tax Rejected

The Commonwealth Court has ruled that Whitehall Township in Lehigh County could not tax sales occurring outside the territorial limits of the township. In a February 11, 2013 decision, the Commonwealth Court of...more

PA Supreme Court Issues Business / Nonbusiness Income Decision

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has held that a taxpayer’s gain from the sale of timberland was apportionable business income using the “functional test” of Pennsylvania’s amended definition of “business income.” Glatfelter...more

Philadelphia Property Reassessments

The Philadelphia Office of Property Assessment (“OPA”) has announced that it will be issuing new “Actual Value Initiative” reassessments for every property in Philadelphia in February. Therefore, every property owner in...more

Commonwealth Court Opinion Contains Important Lessons for Property Owners

On January 23, a panel of the Commonwealth Court in Krohn v. Snyder County Board of Assessment Appeals, Nos. 116 and 117 C.D. 2012 (January 23, 2013), overturned an attempt by Snyder County to reassess a two acre tract of...more

PA Tax Law News - February 2013

In This Issue: PA Governor Proposes Corporate Tax Cuts; Add-Back Legislation Reintroduced; PA Supreme Court Issues Business/Nonbusiness Income Decision; Philadelphia Property Reassessments; Commonwealth Court Addresses...more

Department Issues Timely Guidance On Oil And Natural Gas Interests

On October 10, 2012, the Department of Revenue issued Informational Notice 2012-04, dealing with the Realty Transfer and Personal Income Tax treatment associated with the division and transfer of interests in oil and natural...more

PA Tax Law News -- December 2012

In This Issue: PA Supreme Court Affirms Sales Tax Exemption for “CHEP” Pallets; Promoting Employment Across Pennsylvania Act; Fuel Tax Update; Delaware & New Jersey Abandoned & Unclaimed Property Developments; Filed a...more

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