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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session

MEMORANDUM

Posted: January 19, 2017 11:08 AM
From: Representative Todd Stephens
To: All House members
Subject: Leveling the Wage Tax Playing Field for Municipalities and School Districts near Philadelphia
 

I am re-introducing legislation (prior HB 2142) to amend the Sterling Act to eliminate the special taxing authority the City of Philadelphia receives at the expense of every other nearby municipality and school district.

The Sterling Act, Pennsylvania’s first local income tax enabling legislation, grants the city of Philadelphia broad taxing authority. Currently, the city of Philadelphia imposes a City Wage Tax on non-residents who work in Philadelphia. However, unlike the local taxes in surrounding jurisdictions, none of the non-resident’s City Wage Tax is returned to the non-resident’s home municipality or school district.

As a result of this special treatment, suburban municipalities and school districts are unfairly losing millions of dollars to the City of Philadelphia when their residents work in Philadelphia. My legislation will level the playing field and require Philadelphia, like nearly every other local government who imposes a tax on earnings, to reimburse the employee’s home, taxing jurisdiction.

I hope you will consider joining me in sponsoring this important legislation.

Prior co-sponsors: STEPHENS, STAATS, BARRAR, MILLARD, MASSER, GROVE, PHILLIPS-HILL, JOZWIAK, HARPER and DAVIS



Introduced as HB2414