Pennsylvania to Begin Issuing Penalty Assessments to Taxpayers Who Ignored 2017 Amnesty Program

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue this week will start mailing “non-participation penalty assessments” to delinquent taxpayers who failed to participate in the 2017 Tax Amnesty program, Revenue Secretary Dan Hassell announced yesterday. “Individuals and businesses that failed to take advantage of the program will be assessed a 5 percent penalty on their unpaid amnesty eligible delinquencies, as the law requires,” Hassell said. “The department is taking the appropriate steps to ensure that delinquent taxpayers are aware of their outstanding liabilities and the additional penalties they now face.” Act 84 of 2016 authorized the Tax Amnesty program to net an estimated $100 million for the 2016-17 fiscal year budget. The program exceeded that estimate by providing $130.4 million in net revenue to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The program ran for 60 days, between April 21 and June 19, and allowed eligible individuals and…

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