Bucks County Herald

Time running out for tax amnesty

Pennsylvania tax amnesty – which waives all penalties and half of the interest for those who pay their past-due state taxes – is more than halfway over, Acting Revenue Secretary C. Daniel Hassell reminded taxpayers. The 60-day program ends at midnight June 19.

"We encourage those with back taxes to not wait until the deadline,” Hassell said. “After June 19, a 5 percent penalty will be added to what is owed."

More than 21,000 applications for amnesty worth an estimated $72 million have been submitted or are in development by taxpayers. More than 91,000 calls have been answered at the toll-free Tax Amnesty hotline, 844-727-8283.

Applications and full payments must be made or postmarked by midnight Monday, June 19. Payments are accepted by check, money order, credit/debit card or electronic funds transfer.

Act 84 of 2016 authorized a tax amnesty for more than 30 taxes administered by the Department of Revenue, including the corporate net income tax, employer withholding tax, sales tax and personal income tax.

Taxpayers can apply or get more information at backtax.pa.gov or by calling 844-PA-STATE-TAX (844-727-8283).

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