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Revenue officials penalize delinquent taxpayers following amnesty program

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Last year's temporary tax amnesty program in Pennsylvania surpassed revenue expectations, but officials say they aren't done collecting delinquent taxes.

The state Department of Revenue this week will start mailing penalty assessments to delinquent taxpayers who failed to participation in the 2017 program, which ran between April 21 and June 19 and generated net revenue of $130.4 million. The goal was $100 million.

Notices were originally mailed to about 860,000 businesses and individuals with past-due state taxes. Under the tax amnesty program, all penalties and half of the interest were waived.

In total, 35,430 taxpayers participated in the program, including 8,272 out-of-state taxpayers.

Local participants included 418 taxpayers in Cumberland County and 485 in Dauphin County. In Lancaster County, there were 857 participants, while 200 took advantage of the amnesty period in Lebanon County. York County had 814 delinquent taxpayers pay up.

By dollar amount, Lancaster County paid the most in Central Pennsylvania with about $1.8 million.

Nearly $9.5 million was paid in Allegheny County, the most of any county. Montgomery County was No. 2 with nearly $8.1 million, followed by Philadelphia County at $7.6 million.

Officials said non-participants are now being assessed a 5 percent penalty on what they owe the commonwealth.

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Judy January 9, 2018 11:57 am

All penalties were waived??? That is crap.