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Legislative Update
  • Week Ending Sept. 20, 2019

    In this issue: Statute of Limitations on Tax Collections Passes Pa. House; Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Reorganizes; Enhancements to Pa. Electronic Statement of Account; and more.

Advocacy In Action

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

Oct. 2 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.

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

1 Accomplishments


  • Act 13 of 2019 - The law 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. - Approved by the Governor on June 28, 2019.


  • Act 72 of 2018 - Decouples the state’s corporate net income tax law from the bonus depreciation provided in last year’s federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Official bill text can be found here - Signed into law on June 6, 2018.
  • Act 18 of 2018 - PICPA provides a summary of the changes, which amend the Local Tax Enabling Act to provide consistency to the local EIT crediting provisions to protect taxpayers from double taxation. Official bill text can be found here - Signed into law on May 4, 2018.
  • Act 6 of 2018- Amends Act 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

u CPA Now Archive

  • Peter Calcara

    Pa. General Assembly Set to Return to Harrisburg

    Events in the Pennsylvania capital this summer have mostly consisted of a few public policy hearings, gubernatorial press conferences, and a handful of rallies. But one bill in particular was proposed that deserves our members’ attention: it focuses on property tax.
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  • Peter Calcara

    Advocacy Never Rests: PICPA Works Behind the Scenes in Quiet Harrisburg

    A quiet Harrisburg isn’t a license to stop advocating on behalf of the CPA profession. On the contrary, the quiet offers excellent opportunities. The PICPA government relations team is hard at work with key lawmakers, staff, and various state agencies on our fall session agenda.
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Peter Calcara | 717-232-1821
Alexandra Fabian | 717-232-1821
Annette Knapp | 717-232-1821

2018 Q&A with the DOR

The PICPA met with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue on Oct. 24, 2018. View the full transcript, watch the recording, or view past discussions from 2010-2017.

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