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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: January 4, 2013 10:50 AM
From: Representative John D. Payne
To: All House members
Subject: Johnstown Flood Tax
I plan to introduce in the near future that amends the act of June 2, 1936, entitled, “An act imposing an emergency State tax on liquor”.

My legislation would decrease the eighteen percent Johnstown Flood tax that is added into every purchase made at a Pennsylvania Wine & Spirits Shoppe. The purpose of this tax was to help rebuild Johnstown after it was devastated by the flood of 1936. The proceeds of this tax have gone to the State Treasury since Johnstown has been rebuilt.

Beginning January 1, 2013, the tax rate would be lowered to nine percent; and from January 1, 2014, the tax rate would be zero percent.

Introduced as HB189