Q&A with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

Scenario: Clients receiving Notice of Assessments after PA processed their returns

Nov 04, 2015
Scenario:

A number of our clients recently received Notice of Assessments after PA processed their returns. The things that these clients have in common are that they are C-Corporations with fiscal-year ends and bonus depreciation and/or NOL's were reported on the originally filed returns. PA is disregarding the bonus depreciation and/or NOL reported and assessing tax and penalties. We dealt with this issue previously and in discussing with the Department came to find out it was a problem on their end attributable to technology upgrades. The issue was so commonplace that they setup a dedicated email address that could be used to address and resolve the issue. Today I am told that the only recourse is to appeal the assessment. 

Q:

Is this a systemic issue? Can practitioners still utilize the resource account that was previously established to address this issue?
 
A:

These assessment notices are being caused, primarily, by data conversion issues dating back to when the ITS went live for Corporation Taxes. As we continue to process returns, we are continuing to clean up this converted data. The taxpayers and practitioners can still utilize the resource account as a mechanism to point out these errors and have NOLs and bonus depreciation corrected.

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