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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: September 20, 2016 11:01 AM
From: Representative Steven J. Santarsiero and Rep. Madeleine Dean
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution urging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to reconsider ending tax reciprocity agreement
In the near future, we plan to introduce a resolution urging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to reconsider the termination of the Pennsylvania-New Jersey Reciprocal Personal Income Tax Agreement of 1977.

New Jersey and Pennsylvania’s reciprocity agreement allows commuters who work in either state to pay income tax only in their state of residence. The abandonment of this agreement would require such individuals to pay income tax in both states. Although individuals would be able to claim a credit against taxes owed where they live for taxes paid in the state in which they work, ending the agreement would result in higher taxes for many working individuals due to the states’ differing income tax rates.

Governor Christie announced his intent to end the agreement on September 2, 2016, taking effect January 1, 2017. This action, which would significantly impact approximately 106,000 Pennsylvanians, raising their taxes between 55% and 200%.

Therefore, please join us in encouraging Governor Christie to reverse his decision to place an unfair burden on taxpayers in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and to look toward other cost saving alternatives. We welcome your support and co-sponsorship.

Introduced as HR1060