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Pennsylvania Sales Tax Over Property Tax Bill Tabled


Pennsylvania House Bill 1776 was tabled this past week “…when the House Finance Committee voted to take no action on it at least until late September.”

Coined the “Property Tax Independence Act,” HB 1776 “…would have extended the sales tax – for the first time – to clothing purchases over $50 and to foods not included on a healthy food list called Women, Infants and Children….” This part of the bill had garnered some negative responses from legislators who felt their constituents would not want to pay sales tax on food and clothing purchases when they previously were exempt.

On the support side of the bill, Representative Jim Cox, R-Berks, indicated that “…many homeowners, especially senior citizens on fixed incomes, face loss of their homes because of regular increases in school taxes.”

Elizabeth Township’s Representative Rick Saccone said, “Taxpayers in Pennsylvania are overwhelmingly in support of eliminating school property taxes. Tabling this bill is a huge mistake and goes against the grain of what taxpayers need.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”