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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: October 27, 2020 10:10 AM
From: Senator Lisa M. Boscola
To: All Senate members
Subject: Comprehensive Tax Reform and Relief Plan for Restaurant Industry and Service Employees
I plan to introduce legislation with the purpose of creating a bolder and more expansive plan of providing relief to the restaurant industry, social clubs, catering industry and their employees.  We need to provide direct, long-term relief for our restaurants, bars/taverns, and club licensees.  My plan will include the following:
  • Allow restaurants and bars to continue collecting the state sales tax for the sale of food and beverages, but not require the business to remit the collected proceeds to the Department of Revenue through December 31, 2022.
  • Giving verified employees in the service industry a personal income tax amnesty through December 31, 2022. 
  • Authorizing liquor licensees a sales tax exemption on wholesale alcohol purchases from liquor retail stores, beer distributors and breweries through December 31, 2022.
As the days, weeks and months continue passing without any relief to our hospitality and service industry and it’s hundreds of thousands of employees, we risk those businesses never reopening and those workers going on without a job well beyond the pandemic’s aftermath.  We need to get money in their pockets now so they can survive, and we need to build a plan of tax breaks and tax relief that will help them when the pandemic ends.  The industry and its hundreds of thousands of employees are in need of help – and it needs to be sufficient in order to get them back on their feet and through the coming years.  This industry does so much for our communities; we need to make an investment, as a state, commensurate with the damage that has been done through the Covid-19 pandemic.
I hope you will join me in co-sponsoring this important legislation and providing meaningful and impactful relief and assistance to our hospitality and service industry.