PICPA Advocacy Overview & Legislative Priorities

  • Week Ending March 27, 2020

    In this issue: Legislation Extends Pennsylvania Tax Due Dates; PICPA to Host Discussion with Pa. Revenue Secretary Hassell; Financial Assistance Announced for Pa. Small Businesses; and more.

Latest from Harrisburg: Feb. 19, 2020

Gov. Wolf's Budget: What's It Mean for CPAs?

Legislative Accomplishments


Act 90 of 2019 amends the Tax Reform Code, in personal income tax, to establish a 10-year period for the Department of Revenue (DOR) to collect all assessed state taxes. It provides an exception for the inheritance tax and an exclusion from the sales and use tax for canned computer software directly used by a financial institution conducting the business of banking. 

Furthermore, it authorizes the DOR to enter into agreements with financial institutions and for financial institutions to share with the DOR certain bank account information for purposes of delinquent tax collections through a Financial Institution Data Match (FIDM). The new section relating to the time period for collection of assessed taxes will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021. 
- Signed into law on Nov. 27, 2019

Act 13 of 2019 stipulates that if the executor of an estate and the trustee of a trust make an election under Section 645 of the Internal Revenue Code to treat the income of the trust as part of the estate, the fiduciary may make and file a joint tax return for the estate and trust. If a joint return is filed, the tax liabilities of the estate and trust shall be joint and several. This provision applies to taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2019. - Signed into law on June 28, 2019

Gov. Tom Wolf, Sens. Michelle Brooks and Pat Browne, Tom Horan, and PICPA's Peter Calcara.

Ceremonial signing for Act 72 of 2018. PICPA's Peter Calcara (top right) was invited to join (bottom, left to right) Sen. Pat Browne, Gov. Tom Wolf, Sen. Michelle Brooks, and (top, left) Tom Horan, assistant executive director of the Senate Appropriations Committee.


Act 72 of 2018 decouples Pennsylvania's corporate net income tax law from the bonus depreciation provided in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The official bill text can be found here. - Signed into law on June 6, 2018

Act 18 of 2018 amends the Local Tax Enabling Act to provide consistency to the local EIT crediting provisions to protect taxpayers from double taxation. The official bill text can be found here- Signed into law on May 4, 2018

Act 6 of 2018 amends the act of July 2, 1993 empowering the General Counsel or his designee to issue subpoenas for certain licensing board activities providing for reporting of sanctions & criminal proceedings, for defs., for suspensions & civil penalties. - Signed into law on Feb. 15, 2018

Act 5 of 2017 amends pension provisions allowing new employees and lawmakers to choose between three retirement options. - Signed into law on June 12, 2017

Act 71 of 2017 amends the SFCP Act to align audit requirements for financial reports with federal law. - Signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017

Act 72 of 2017 makes technical changes to the SFCP Act that will assist organizations filing a registration statement with the Department of State’s BCCO. - Signed into law on Dec. 22, 2017

PICPA Day on the Hill, June 11, 2019

Dozens of PICPA members descended on the Capitol in Harrisburg to provide critical guidance to state senators and representatives on tax and reporting issues. Rep. Keith Greiner, Rep. Matt Bradford, Sen. Pat Browne, and State Treasurer Joe Toresella also weighed in on the state's fiscal concerns and the important role CPAs play.

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PICPA Day on  the Hill - Sen. Pat Browne with PICPA Members
PICPA Day on the Hill - PICPA Members with Sen. Lisa Boscola
PICPA Day on the Hill - Rosemary Lamaestra with PA Legislator

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