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House of Representatives
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 13, 2019 10:28 AM
From: Representative Dan L. Miller
To: All House members
Subject: Extending State Tax Relief to all Uniformed Services
Currently in Pennsylvania, state tax relief is extended to only the four uniformed services contained within the Department of Defense and to the US Coast Guard contained within the Department of Homeland Security. The uniformed services of the US Public Health Service (USPHS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are excluded. This legislation would add USPHS and NOAA members, making it so that all seven uniformed services are treated the same way when they are on active duty (or active duty orders) outside Pennsylvania in terms of PA Income Tax.

Both the USPHA and NOAA serve vital roles for our nation’s health and well-being and have brave and honorable officers who routinely go “into harm’s way” in service to our country. One Pennsylvania USPHA officer who lives in my district was deployed to Liberia to help coordinate the response to the Ebola outbreak. While there, he served alongside members of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines who were responding to this public health crisis – but his income was taxable in Pennsylvania, while their income was not.

This legislation amends the Tax Reform Code of 1971 (act of March 4, 1971, P.L.6, No.2), section 303(1)(i) to add USPHS and NOAA members, exempting their income while on active duty outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Please join me in supporting this legislation and working to put all uniformed service members on equal footing.

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Introduced as HB1499