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Pennsylvania Governor Seeks Sales Tax Increase


 Could one day be subject to sales tax in Pennsylvania.

Governor Tom Wolf (D) is determined to provide historic tax relief for the people of Pennsylvania. To that end, his 2015-2016 Budget proposes significant changes to personal income tax and sales tax. This blog focuses on sales tax.

The 2015-16 Governor’s Executive Budget suggests both increasing the rate of sales tax and expanding it to more services. The Pennsylvania budget calls for the following:

  • Increase the state rate from 6% to 6.6%, effective January 1, 2016.
  • Broaden sales tax to numerous services.
  • Eliminate “outdated exemptions” for basic television services, candy and gum, and amusement and recreation.
  • Maintain exemptions for clothing, food, and prescription drugs.

All told, sales tax would apply to an additional 45 items under the budget proposal. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Amusement and recreation
  • Business support services
  • Cable television services
  • Candy and gum
  • Caskets and burial vaults
  • Catalog and direct mail advertising
  • Dry cleaning services
  • Flags
  • Home health care services
  • Legal services
  • Non-prescription drugs
  • Magazines
  • Museum, historical sites and similar institutions
  • Newspapers
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Textbooks
  • Transportation services
  • Waste collection

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.