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The City of Philadelphia has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, 585 US. ___ (2018), amending its Business Income and Receipts Tax (“BIRT”) regulations to impose economic nexus.  The City’s BIRT is imposed annually upon every person engaging in any business in the City; it is a privilege tax, taxing the “privilege” of doing business in Philadelphia. [Phila. Code §19-2603].

The BIRT has two components: a net income component and a gross receipts component.  Prior to 1998, both portions of the BIRT were subject to the solicitation ...

The Philadelphia Department of Revenue (“DOR”) has issued two new forms of guidance addressing issues raised by the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”).  First, on January 16, the DOR issued an Advisory Notice regarding the deductibility of employee business expenses in light of the TCJA.  For tax years 2018 through 2025, the TCJA eliminates most miscellaneous itemized deductions for individuals, including deductions for employee business expenses.  Further, moving expenses are no longer deductible for federal income tax purposes for those tax years.  In ...

Effective July 1, 2019, amendments have been made to Section 202 of the Business Income and Receipts Tax (“BIRT”) Regulation, which will have an effect on taxpayers starting business activity within Philadelphia during calendar year 2019 and thereafter. 

Previously – and still in effect for those taxpayers that commenced business during tax years 2018 and prior – a new business was required to not only pay the tax due for the first year of operation, but also make a 100% estimated tax payment in the amount of the first year tax liability.

The Amendments now allow taxpayers some ...

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (“Department”) issued Sales and Use Tax Bulletin 2019-01 in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, 585 U.S. ___ (2018). The Bulletin clarifies when marketplace and remote sellers, marketplace facilitators, and other vendors maintain a place of business in the state in light of Wayfair.

Wayfair upheld a South Dakota law that imposed economic nexus upon taxpayers who had $100,000 of sales or 200 transactions within the state in a given year. Previous U.S. Supreme Court case law, Quill Corp. v. North ...

Starting March 1, 2018, a remote seller, marketplace facilitator, or referrer, with no physical presence in Pennsylvania but with $10,000 of annual sales into Pennsylvania, must elect to either collect sales tax on transactions, or to abide by various notice and reporting requirements. See HB 542, Act 43 of 2017. If no election is made, the remote seller, marketplace facilitator, and/or marketplace seller is deemed to have elected to comply with the notice and reporting requirements. The Department has begun mailing forms to taxpayers it believes qualify as referrers ...


By: Jennifer Weidler Karpchuk

Pennsylvania recently joined 29 other states and D.C. in legalizing medical marijuana. With the growing acceptance of the use of marijuana for medicinal — and in some states, recreational — purposes, a new industry booms. With that boom comes revenue to the states in the form of new taxes.

As with any tax and policy, it is important to understand the history of how we got to where we are today. But it is particularly important to see what has framed our cultural views of marijuana. Medicinal marijuana has a long history, dating back to ancient cultures ...


By: Jennifer Weidler Karpchuk

On June 19, the House unanimously voted to approve H.R. 327, thereby establishing a subcommittee on tax reform and modernization.  You can see our previous discussion of H.R. 327 here.

Since H.R. 327 was a House Resolution, it does not need to be approved by the Senate.  The subcommittee will have nine Finance Committee members who will be responsible for submitting their findings and recommendations by November 30, 2018.

During May 2017, H.R. 327 was introduced and reported as committed by the House on June 13, 2017.  H.R. 327 would establish a select subcommittee on tax modernization and reform to investigate, review, and make recommendations concerning the process, rates, and methods by which revenue in Pennsylvania is collected and assessed on taxpayers.

The purpose of the Resolution is to examine and review Pennsylvania’s system of taxation to ensure an equitable and efficient means by which taxes are assessed and collected and to facilitate a fair and competitive marketplace in an ...

As of today, April 21, 2017, Pennsylvania’s 2017 Tax Amnesty Program has officially commenced.  Those individuals with potential Pennsylvania tax liabilities should consider taking advantage of the program, which is slated to run through June 19, 2017.  During those sixty (60) days, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will waive all penalties and half of the interest for anyone who participates.  For more information, see our previous blog post hereContact us to find out if amnesty is the right choice for you.

Just a few months after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review the decision of the Tenth Circuit in Direct Mktg. Ass’n v. Brohl -- which upheld Colorado’s sales tax notice and reporting requirements for out-of-state retailers -- a Pennsylvania lawmaker has reintroduced a bill requiring online retailers to notify Pennsylvania purchasers when sales and use tax is due on their purchases.

In 2010, the Colorado legislature enacted a statute which requires a remote retailer that sells products to Colorado customers, but does not collect Colorado sales tax, to notify those ...