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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: April 11, 2018 02:26 PM
From: Representative Maureen E. Madden
To: All House members
Subject: Real Property Tax Reform
In the near future, I plan to introduce a property tax relief plan that will effectively benefit working Pennsylvanians, instead of providing massive tax breaks to out-of-state corporations. This three-bill package will provide substantially more relief to our homeowners and renters by expanding the Property Tax Rent Rebate (PTRR) Program and reducing school property taxes across the Commonwealth.

As you well know, the topic of reducing property taxes has been discussed for decades. The need for such a measure, however, has reached a fever pitch across Pennsylvania, specifically in the Northeast as senior citizens must decide between buying their prescription medicine or paying their growing property tax bill.

The following three bills will provide immediate and attainable relief to all corners of Pennsylvania through the utilization of a simple and equitable plan. Please join me in lifting the property tax burden from Pennsylvania taxpayers.

Document #1

Introduced as HB2671

Description: Change PTRR Limits
The first bill would amend the Taxpayer Relief Act to make changes to the PTRR limits by increasing the amounts of real property taxes allowed as rebate and rent rebate allowed in lieu of property taxes at the following levels:
Household Income             

$0 – 8,000                                                         $900
8,001 – 15,000                                                    800
15,001 – 18,000                                                  700
18,001 – 35,000                                                  600
35,001 – 45,000                                                  550
45,001 – 55,000                                                  500


Document #2

Introduced as HB2672

Description: Increase the Personal Income Tax Rate
The second bill would amend the Tax Reform Code by increasing the personal income tax (PIT) rate from three and seven hundredths (3.07) to three and seventy-seven hundredths (3.77). This bill would also require that the increased amount be deposited annually in the Property Tax Relief Fund to be used for property tax reduction allocations under the Taxpayer Relief Act.

Document #3

Introduced as HB2673

Description: Impose a Severance Tax on Natural Gas
The third bill would amend Title 58 (Oil and Gas) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to levy a severance tax rate of 8 cents ($0.08) per unit severed at the wellhead. The severance tax would be allocated to the homestead/farmstead property exclusions under the Taxpayer Relief Act.