PA Business Privilege and Mercantile Tax Collectors Association

A statewide association dedicated to the collection of Pennsylvania local business privilege and mercantile tax collectors.  

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Our Purpose


 The stated purpose of our association is to discuss mutual problems, share experiences and work toward uniform standards in the administration, enforcement, and collection of Pennsylvania Business Privilege and Mercantile Taxes.  Where possible, the association strives to promote uniformity of rules and regulations, interpretations, and objectivity in the administration of Pennsylvania local business taxes.  



 Membership in the association comes with many benefits including email updates on new tax and legislative developments in the Act 511 arena, and discounted conference registration fees. 

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Annual Tax Conference

 The Association's annual conference is an excellent way to network with others involved in Pennsylvania local business tax collection while earning up to 12 professional credits.  The 2019 conference will be held September 18 - 20 at the Wind River Bethlehem Casino Resort in Bethlehem PA.  This 4 diamond luxury resort features over 18 eateries, 3 bars and outlet shops.   There is a kids quest/cyber quest facility on site with supervised activities for children.  

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Case Updates


The S&H Transit vs. York case was argued before the PA Supreme Court for the 2nd time on December 5, 2015. ill be going back to the PA Supreme Court.  The case will again tackle the ability of a freight broker to exclude freight charges from gross receipts.  An additional issue was identified by the court - whether a municipality can rely on narrowly tailored exclusionary language in the LTEA to interpret and enforce a more broadly worded exclusion in a Township ordinance.  

Legislative Updates


Senate Bill 636

Senator Browne has reintroduced his legislation (SB 653) seeking to consolidate Act 511 taxes.  The association previously worked with Senator Browne to secure an opt out provision for municipalities that wished to continue self collection of Business Privilege and Mercantile taxes.   The bill does include a major change in the appeals process for business tax matters.  Text of the bill is available by clicking the link.

Member Consult


Full members of the association who are employed by municipalities can poll the membership to see how other municipalities have handled a given tax situation.  Any hypothetical situation posed must not contain any confidential information or it will be rejected.  

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Current Legislation and Court Opinions


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