HARRISBURG, Pa., 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 today. The 60-day program ends at midnight June 19, 2017.
"Only three weeks remain for businesses and individuals to take advantage of the Tax Amnesty program by applying and paying what they owe," said Hassell. "The June 19 deadline is set by law and will not be extended.
"We encourage those with back taxes to not wait until the deadline. 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, 1-844-727-8283.
Applications and full payments must be made or postmarked by midnight Monday, June 19, 2017. 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.
After Tax Amnesty ends a 5 percent penalty will be added to delinquent taxpayers who were eligible, but did not participate, and the department will continue collections activities that recover more than $600 million a year.
Taxpayers can apply or get more information at backtax.pa.gov or by calling 844-PA-STATE-TAX (1-844-727-8283) from 8:00 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Fridays, and 8:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.