State’s tax amnesty program has received $72M in applications so far

Delinquent taxpayers still have about three weeks to settle past-due state taxes under a temporary tax amnesty program.

The state Department of Revenue said Tuesday that the 60-day program, which ends June 19, has so far received more than 21,000 applications for amnesty. Those submissions are expected to generate about $72 million when applications are completed.

Many are still in development, officials said.

When it launched the program in April, officials said the goal was at least $100 million in net revenue for the current fiscal budget.

Under the program, individuals and businesses with overdue tax bills can pay them with all penalties and half of the interest waived. After June 19, a 5 percent penalty will be added to what is owed, officials said.

The Department of Revenue said 680,090 Pennsylvania taxpayers are eligible for tax amnesty this year.

Here are the number of midstate taxpayers eligible for tax amnesty, by county:

  • Cumberland County: 10,637
  • Dauphin County: 15,134
  • Lancaster County: 20,175
  • Lebanon County: 4,424
  • York County: 18,813

Another 182,508 taxpayers eligible for amnesty are out of state, with nearly 70,000 in neighboring states.

Taxpayers can apply or get more information at backtax.pa.gov or by calling 844-PA-STATE-TAX (1-844-727-8283) from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

 

This story has been modified to note that many applications for tax amnesty have not been fully completed yet. The submissions so far could generate about $72 million, state officials clarified.

Jason Scott
Jason Scott covers state government, real estate and construction, media and marketing, and Dauphin and Cumberland counties. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at jscott@cpbj.com.

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