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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: February 23, 2015 12:06 PM
From: Representative Michael K. Hanna
To: All House members
Subject: Establishing Advisory Tax Collection Committees in Certain Counties
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would amend the Local Tax Enabling Act of 1965 to provide for advisory tax collection committees.

Under current law (Act 32 enacted on July 2, 2008), tax collection districts were established in counties for the purpose of collecting income taxes. Governing bodies known as tax collection committees were formed in each tax collection district. Their powers and duties include creating a tax bureau, appointing and overseeing the tax officer for their respective tax collection district, and adopting, amending and repealing policies and procedures for the administration of income taxes within a tax collection district.

My legislation would allow the creation of Advisory Tax collection Committees in counties that, on July 1, 2008, only had one school district, and each municipality contracted with the same countywide office for the collection of earned income taxes. These counties would continue to collect their taxes through the countywide office and may form an advisory tax collection committee in lieu of the tax collection committee provided under current law. An advisory tax collection committee would meet at least once annually to review legal and audit matters, provide the countywide office with recommendations and concerns, and provide staff for the appeals board.

Current Pennsylvania law gives existing tax collection committees an inordinate amount of power over certain counties. My proposal aims to rectify this by giving control back to these counties. Please join me in sponsoring this important piece of legislation.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynette Perkins via e-mail at LMPerkins@pahouse.net or via phone at 717-772-2283.

Introduced as HB680