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Pennsylvania to offer tax amnesty in 2017


 Get the monkey off your back.

Update, 4.25.2017: Tax amnesty is underway in Pennsylvania. Additional information and applications are available at www.backtax.pa.gov.

Taxpayers with outstanding Pennsylvania taxes are strongly encouraged to participate in the 2017 Tax Amnesty Program, which runs April 21 through June 19, 2017. During these 60 days, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue waives all penalties and half of interest for successful participants.

All taxes owed to the state during eligible periods and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue are eligible for the Amnesty Program, provided the tax was delinquent as of December 31, 2015. Unpaid taxes due after that time are not eligible for amnesty; however, they must be paid by June 19, 2017 in order for a taxpayer to participate in the program for eligible taxes.

The list of taxes eligible for amnesty is long and includes:

  • Cigarette tax
  • Fuel use tax
  • Gross receipts tax
  • Hotel occupancy tax
  • Malt beverage tax
  • Personal income tax
  • Sales and use tax

Eligible taxpayers who choose not to participate in the program will be penalized. Most taxpayers will be charged “a 5 percent non-participation penalty” and “may be subject to other enforcement actions.” Additional information is available through the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue.

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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.