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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 1, 2013 02:07 PM
From: Representative Mario M. Scavello
To: All House members
Subject: Gross Receipts Tax Repeal
 
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation (former HB207) of vital importance to the citizens of Pennsylvania and the growth of the technology industry in Pennsylvania.

In 2003, the 5% state Gross Receipts Tax (GRT) was extended to include wireless services. My legislation will amend the Tax Reform Code of 1971 to repeal the GRT on wireless services. Bear in mind, Pennsylvania also already imposes a 6% state Sales and Use Tax on wireless services. This results in an 11% “double tax” on wireless services.

With this tax structure, Pennsylvania now ranks eighth nationally in taxes and fees on wireless services. Over the past several years, Pennsylvania holds the dubious distinction of being the state that has imposed the largest increase in taxes on wireless services.

Repealing the GRT is critical to support technological progress, promote worker productivity, and create jobs in telecommunications. State government must begin viewing emerging technologies as positive forces at work in the market place, rather than “cash cows to be milked.” This high tax on wireless services, without a doubt, impedes the technology rollout necessary for Pennsylvania to lead the nation and the world in the telecommunications industry.

Former co-sponsors: BAKER , BARRAR , CALTAGIRONE , CAUSER , CLYMER , CUTLER , DeLUCA , DENLINGER , GEIST , GIBBONS , GILLESPIE , GOODMAN, GROVE, HAHN, HESS , HORNAMAN , HUTCHINSON , KAUFFMAN , KILLION , LONGIETTI , MAJOR , METCALFE , MILLARD , MOUL , OBERLANDER, O'NEILL , PETRARCA , PYLE , RAPP , SWANGER , TALLMAN, WATSON , PICKETT , BOBACK , GABLER, STERN , ELLIS , GILLEN, PETRI , MURT , MILNE and HARHART

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Introduced as HB42