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Pennsylvania: Tax Amnesty Program Set for 2010!

Jan 18th 2010
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Pennsylvania authorized (under Act 48, signed into law on Oct. 9, 2009) a tax amnesty period from April 26 to June 18, 2010.

During this limited, 54-day time frame, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will waive 100 percent of penalties and half of the interest for anyone who pays his/her delinquent state taxes.

What Taxes Are Eligible for Amnesty?

All taxes administered by the PA Department of Revenue are eligible for the tax amnesty program. The tax amnesty does not include Unemployment Compensation because it is administered by the PA Department of Labor and Industry. Also, the program does not apply to any tax administered by another state or the federal government/Internal Revenue Service.

Any delinquent taxes as of June 30, 2009, and any non-filed returns due as of June 30, 2009, are eligible for tax amnesty.

How to Obtain Amnesty?

To obtain tax amnesty, you must do the following between April 26 and June 18, 2010:

  1. file an amnesty return online with the PA Department of Revenue;
  2. file all delinquent tax returns; and
  3. pay all delinquent taxes plus 50 percent of the interest due.

For each tax delinquent, the department will send a written notice to the last known address on the department’s records. This notice will contain important information for the recipients to participate in the amnesty program.

Who Qualifies for Amnesty?

Individuals, businesses and other entities with Pennsylvania tax delinquencies as of June 30, 2009, are generally eligible to participate in the amnesty program.

Non-filed tax returns or reports, as well as unpaid, under-reported or un-established taxes, whether known or unknown to the PA Department of Revenue, constitute eligible delinquencies.

Consequences for Not Participating in Amnesty?

If you are eligible for the tax amnesty program, but choose not to participate, the department will add a 5 percent non-participation penalty to your balance due.

For more information, see PENNSYLVANIA's WEBSITE.