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Managing business taxes just got easier, state says

Business owners looking to update their tax information with the state can now do so through a single office.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue launched a 17-person Tax Registration Office in late October but publicized the creation in a news release today. The office combines functions previously handled separately by the Bureau of Business Trust Fund Taxes and Bureau of Corporation Taxes.

“The Tax Registration Office is a one-stop shop to register and update business tax account information with the department,” said Revenue Secretary Ellen McNulty. “No longer will taxpayers need to contact multiple bureaus for their tax registration needs.”

The Bureau of Business Trust Fund Taxes handles funds withheld from employee paychecks, while the Bureau of Corporation Taxes is where corporations file net income, loans and other taxes. The divisions still  still exist and will also keep their same phone numbers, explained Kevin Hensil, communications director for the revenue department.

The difference now is that a single person from the newly created Tax Registration Office can handle requests to register and update business tax information needed by both bureaus – meeting a request the department has long heard from tax practitioners and other businesspeople, Hensil said.

The office is staffed by employees previously assigned to the bureaus of Business Trust Fund Taxes and Corporation Taxes, and its creation did not create any additional costs for the revenue department.

Services offered by the new Tax Registration Office:

Registration and maintenance for

  • Corporate tax
  • Employer withholding tax
  • Promoter licenses
  • Public transportation assistance tax licenses
  • Sales tax exempt status
  • Sales, use and hotel occupancy tax licenses
  • Small games of chance licenses/certificates
  • Transient vendor certificates
  • Vehicle rental tax
  • Wholesaler certificates

Businesses can also contact the office to open an account or update their

  • Address
  • Bank account information
  • Entity ID
  • Legal or trade name
  • Filing status
  • Filing frequency
  • Corporate officer information

Businesses can still call 717-705-6225, option 8, for questions about corporation taxes and 717-783-3653 for information regarding trust fund taxes.

Jennifer Wentz
Jennifer Wentz covers Lancaster County, York County, financial services, taxation and legal services. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at jwentz@cpbj.com.

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