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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: December 23, 2015 02:53 PM
From: Representative Marguerite Quinn
To: All House members
Subject: Proposed Legislation – Tax Amnesty Program
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation to enact a tax amnesty program in Pennsylvania for the first time since 2010.

In short, my legislation will allow tax delinquents to come forward and file tax returns in exchange for reduced interest on unpaid tax, abatement on penalties and, in some instances, a limited “look back” in the statute of limitation.

The 2010 PA tax amnesty program was widely considered a success; over one million notices were mailed to businesses and individuals with state tax delinquencies and nearly 60,000 taxpayers took advantage of the program. The amnesty period, which lasted only 54 days, generated over $250 million in back taxes. Not only did the revenue generated far exceed projections, all administrative costs were covered and significant monies ($52 million all told) were generated for the subsequent fiscal year.

Given our current political and fiscal climate, it is my sincere belief that a tax amnesty program will help bring in much needed revenue that is already owed to the Commonwealth. If you have any questions, please contact Cathy Waddington in my office 717-772-1413.

Thank you for your consideration of my proposal.

Introduced as HB1888