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“Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Tax Responses to COVID-19”

June 10, 2020

Article by Jennifer Karpchuk on “Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Tax Responses to COVID-19”


In an article published on June 10, 2020 in CPA Now, Jennifer Karpchuk discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic raised unprecedented state and local tax issues, specifically in the state of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia.

In this article, Karpchuk outlines that certain tax appeal deadlines, including filing petitions for refunds or reassessment, have been extended because of COVID-19. “Although the BOA issued an extension, taxpayers should still attempt to file as quickly as possible to avoid any potential jurisdictional issues,” explains Karpchuk.

“The Philadelphia Department of Revenue issued several pieces of guidance addressing COVID-19 and various city-level taxes. First, Philadelphia announced that it is conforming to the federal government’s extension of July 15 for filing and payment for purposes of its business income and receipts tax (BIRT) and net profits tax,” says Karpchuck.

She further explains, that the stated policies of both Pennsylvania and Philadelphia only apply during the pandemic.

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