Governor Rendell opens the PA Tax Amnesty Program which waives all penalties if back taxes are paid by June 18th.
More than 1,202,000 taxpayers owe delinquent back taxes to PA
The 54 day tax amnesty program waives all penalties and half of the interest for anyone who pays delinquent Pennsylvania taxes between April 26 - June 18. The taxes themselves will have to be paid.
Delinquent taxpayers from in and out of state owe more than $2.1 billion in back state taxes eligible for this program.
The PA Tax Amnesty program, created by Act 48 of 2009, is intended to net $190 million for the current fiscal year budget.
Notices were mailed nationwide last week to more than 1 million delinquent taxpayers known to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue informing them of the online application process at www.PATaxPayUp.com.
Gov. Rendell said there is another strong incentive for tax delinquents to pay what they owe. After the PA Tax Amnesty ends, a 5% penalty will be added to all unpaid taxes. Tax Amnesty participants who become delinquent again within 2 years after this program ends will be required to pay back all penalties and interest that had been previously waived.
This is the first time in 14 years that Pennsylvania is offering a Tax Amnesty program to boost collections and help balance the state budget.