Dunbar Measure Barring Double-Taxation on PA Job Creators Now Law
HARRISBURG – Legislation introduced by Rep. George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) to shield Pennsylvania job creators against being double-taxed by various municipalities (House Bill 1513) was signed into law on Tuesday as Act 42 of 2014.

“This new law is all about providing tax fairness and predictability for Pennsylvania’s job creators,” Dunbar said. “When businesses are double-taxed, they cannot invest that lost money in their operations or hire more workers. Whether collected at the state, federal or local level, excessively taxing employers kills jobs.”

Taking effect on Jan. 1, 2015, this new law will specifically prohibit municipalities, cities and other local governments from arbitrarily or excessively applying local business taxes to any company or employer that performs work within their boundaries for 15 days or less within the calendar year. Dunbar’s measure will also protect businesses from being charged the gross receipts tax twice by separate municipalities for the same earnings.

“What we have witnessed under previous law is that municipalities and other local governments were over-stretching to find ways to expand existing revenues,” said Dunbar, a certified public accountant, businessman and former Penn Township commissioner. “In doing so, many of them viewed out-of-area businesses as prime targets for increased taxation. Now that my legislation has become law, this double-taxation loophole is finally closed and all local business taxes can be collected fairly and equitably without stunting economic expansion and job creation.”

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Representative George Dunbar
56th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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