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 CPE/CLE credits.  The 2018 conference will be held September 26 - 28 at the Toftrees golf Resort in State College PA.  

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Case Updates

The S&H Transit vs. York case will 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 653 

SB 653 was amended in the PA House to apply consolidation only to LST.  The provision requiring all Act 511 appeals to go to a TCC panel remains in the bill.  The amended bill passed the house and was sent back to the Senate.    

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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