Jennifer Karpchuk quoted in article on “Tax time: How to get your city of Philadelphia wage tax refund for 2020”
In an article published on February 7, 2021 in The Philadelphia Inquirer and Lancaster Online, Jennifer Karpchuk, Chamberlain Hrdlicka S.A.L.T. Practice Co-Chair, discusses the city of Philadelphia’s wage tax refund for employees whose jobs were based in Philly but mandated them to work from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Philadelphia’s long-standing “test” for who pays the wage tax was updated especially for the COVID 2020 tax year.
“The wage tax issue is really hot right now,” explains Karpchuk.
“If you’re a nonresident, and your employer required you to work from home [during COVID], you don’t pay the wage tax. If it’s optional that you work from home, then you still pay,” said Karpchuk. “A lot of people may get tripped up, thinking they get the refund. It’s not necessarily the case. If you weren’t mandated to stay home, then you are liable for the wage tax.”