May. 15, 2019

HARRISBURG – The House Finance Committee today voted unanimously to approve legislation authored by Rep. Frank Ryan (R-Lebanon) to establish a 10-year time period for the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (DoR) to collect assessed Personal Income Tax and Corporate Net Income Tax. Under current law, there is no time period for the DoR to collect assessed Personal Income Taxes.

“I have heard from a number of constituents who have been receiving notice, in some cases 15-20 years after an assessment was made, that they owe the Commonwealth various amounts of assessed tax, often times with added penalties,” Ryan said. “This is not only an unnecessary burden on taxpayers, but also irresponsible and inefficient governance.”

House Bill 17 will establish a 10-year collection window, similar to that of other states as well as federal statute, in which the DoR would be eligible and required to collected assessed taxes. The only exception would be in the instance were a citizen or business knowingly commits fraud in an effort to avoid paying assessed taxes during the established time window.

The measure now moves to the full House for consideration.

Representative Frank Ryan
101st Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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