PICPA's Legislative Accomplishments

2015-2016

  • Amends the Tax Reform Code providing for amended reports for corporate net income tax -  HB 1198
  • Amends the Second Class Township Code in auditors and accountants - SB 526
  • Introduced by Sen. Browne legislation amending the Pennsylvania CPA Law – SB 1018
  • Introduced by Rep. Dunbar to amend the Local Tax Enabling Act - HB 245

2014

  • Conforms filing date for charitable organizations with federal law – Act 141
  • Extends PA Whistleblower Law protections to private-sector employees – Act 87
  • Clarifies the assessment of a Business Privilege Tax – Act 42

2013

  • Reforms to the Board of Finance and Revenue – Act 52
  • Repeal of the Corporate Loans Tax – Act 71
  • Constitutional amendment for institutions of purely public charity – SB 4/Pamphlet Laws Resolution No. 2
  • Removed the attest work experience requirement for CPA license – Act 15

2012

  • Secured another $20 million to fund the Dept. of Revenue’s Technology and Process Modernization project  – Act 9A
  • Tax Code Improvements – Act 85
    • Joint filing for deceased spouses in the year the spouse died
    • Consideration of the special tax provisions for poverty when making estimated payments based on prior year tax liability
    • Automatic extensions for corporate tax filings reflecting IRS adjustments
    • Immediate appeal of DOR’s adjustment of a tax item
    • Authorizes the secretary of the DOR to settle certain tax disputes and negotiate compromises
    • Allows prepayment of Sales & Use Tax equal to or greater than 50 percent of the current month for certain taxpayers
  • Public-private transportation partnerships to alleviate fiscal stress - Act 88

2011

2010

  • Streamline School District Annual Financial Reports - Act 104 (House Bill 101)
  • Secured funding for Department of Revenue Technology and Process Modernization project - Act 1A

2009

  • Defeated the expansion of the sales tax base to include accounting, auditing, bookkeeping, and related professional services offered by CPAs

2008

  • CPA Mobility Law - Act 73 (Senate Bill 838)
  • Earned Income Tax Collection Reform and Consolidation Law - Act 32 (Senate Bill 1063)

2006

  • Simplified the S corporation election process - Act 67 (Senate Bill 300)
  • Revised County Code requirement for due date of financial statement to Department of Community and Economic Development - Act 142 (House Bill 2185)
  • Updated audit threshold requirements under Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act - Act 121 (House Bill 632)
  • Reformed and streamlined tax administration and appeals process - Act 119 (Senate Bill 993) 

2004

  • Standardized definitions of "Earned Income" and "Net Profits" under the Local Tax Enabling Law - Act 24
  • Made lying to a CPA a "Deceptive or Fradulent" business practice under the PA Criminal Code - Act 234  (House Bill 623)

2002

  • Standardized definitions of "Earned Income" and "Net Profits" under the Local Tax Enabling Law - Act 166
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