PA Tax Law News- September 2011


Have You Filed Your Gross Receipts Tax Refund Claims?

If your company pays Pennsylvania Gross Receipts Tax and you have not recently filed assessment appeals and/or protective refund claims, you should consider doing so immediately!

Philadelphia Common Level Ratio Drop Results in Opportunities for Significant Property Tax Savings; Lancaster County Postpones 2012 Countywide Reassessment

Philadelphia CLR Drop

The State Tax Equalization Board recently dropped the Philadelphia Common Level Ratio (“CLR”) from .32 to .181.

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Governor Signs into Law Three Bills Affecting Oil and Gas Drilling, Real Estate Taxation

On July 7th, Governor Corbett signed into law House Bills 143, 144, and 562. House Bill 143 amends the Pennsylvania Farmland and Forest Land Assessment Act of 1974 to permit property owners under preferential assessments to lease a portion of their property for non-coal surface mining use.

Internet Red Light District Domain

Our firm’s Intellectual Property Group recently published an alert which may be of interest to some of our readers and certainly would be useful reading for someone in almost every company.

PA Tax Collections Lag

Pennsylvania’s governor and legislators may be glad they didn’t spend all of last year’s surplus in adopting the 2011-12 General Fund budget inasmuch as collections for the first two months of the fiscal year have lagged projections.

Who Will Pay for Necessary Improvements to Pennsylvania’s Transportation

In April 2011, Governor Tom Corbett established a Transportation Funding Advisory Commission (“Commission”) to develop a comprehensive, strategic proposal for addressing Pennsylvania’s transportation funding needs.

“Main Street Fairness Act” Would Be Ineffective Without Membership in Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement

On July 29th, the proposed “Main Street Fairness Act” (MSFA) was introduced in the United States Senate (S. 1452) and House of Representatives (H.R. 2701).


Pennsylvania Sales and Use Tax Ruling

No. SUT-06-014 (July 20, 2011). The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has reissued its 2006 ruling regarding the provision of computer consulting and programming services.

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