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By Peter Calcara

PICPA Vice President - Government Relations

  • Expungement May Soon Be Available for Pa. Licensees

    If you have a minor disciplinary note on your CPA license record, you may be able to expunge that infraction in the very near future.
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  • Big Tax Issue Awaits State Lawmakers

    On Dec. 22, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue issued Corporation Tax Bulletin 2017-02 concerning the disallowance and recovery of 100 percent depreciation under the Internal Revenue Code, a measure related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. With the latest bulletin, the DOR changed its policy regarding 100 percent bonus depreciation.
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  • PICPA Advocacy Year in Review

    As we begin 2018, it’s worth looking back on PICPA’s advocacy efforts in 2017. We made many strides in shaping public policy in Pennsylvania in 2017, and we are looking forward to building upon our success.
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  • State Budget Blues

    We are more than 80 days into the 2017-2018 fiscal year, and Pennsylvania still does not have a complete budget. Probably what is most surprising is how we got here.
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  • Pennsylvania Pension Reform, Budget, and More

    June has been busy for Pennsylvania legislators. Major pension reform legislation was passed by 183 bipartisan members of the General Assembly and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. In addition, Pennsylvania's 2017-2018 budget deadline looms, and negotiations are heating up.
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  • PICPA Joins New Legal Reform Group

    Earlier this year, a diverse group of individuals and organizations, including the PICPA, created a new civil-justice-focused advocacy organization: The Pennsylvania Coalition for Civil Justice Reform.
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  • Pa. Budget Hearings Complete: What Did We Learn?

    The appropriations committees of the Pennsylvania House and Senate hold state budget hearings to provide lawmakers and the public with some sense of how taxpayer dollars will be spent. After three long weeks of hearings that concluded last week, what did we learn about Gov. Tom Wolf’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2017?
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  • Pennsylvania 2017-2018 Budget Battle Begins

    Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his fiscal year 2017-2018 state budget proposal to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Wolf’s presentation was notable for its brevity, its conciliatory nature, and its themes of no taxes and cutting spending.
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  • The Show Must Go On: A Preview of the 2017-2018 Legislative Session

    On Jan. 3, 2017, the 201st session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly got under way, beginning what we fully expect to be a challenging and contentious 2017-2018 legislative session.
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  • PICPA Continues Efforts to Ease Burden of DOL Overtime Rule

    The PICPA is working at both the federal and state levels to soften the blow of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) overtime rule that will take effect later this year. Find out where we are working for you.
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  • New e-TIDES Feature Coming Soon

    The PICPA State Taxation Committee met recently with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to get a demonstration of its new e-TIDES feature that will soon be available to all practitioners. The feature allows for a detailed electronic Statement of Account to be requested via the Document Center.
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  • Don’t Believe the Rhetoric! "Property Tax Independence" Is a Dreadful Bill

    The so-called “Property Tax Independence Act,” or Senate Bill 76, is once again vying for the attention of Pennsylvania lawmakers. To be clear, SB 76 would not eliminate all school property taxes as advocates claim.
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  • Proposal on Overtime Pay Cause for Concern

    The U.S. Department of Labor has proposed major changes to the white-collar exemptions to federal overtime pay requirements. The proposal, if allowed to go into effect, could have significant ramifications to PICPA members, their firms, and the clients they represent.
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  • Newest State Budget Address Ignites War of Words

    In front of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, Gov. Tom Wolf announced his budget proposal for fiscal year 2016-2017. In strong, and sometimes scolding, terms, Wolf called on lawmakers to both fix Pennsylvania’s structural budget deficit and invest more in schools. It did not sit well with the opposition.
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  • Tax Filing Season Open for Business

    Before we get too far into the depths of filing season, here are some tips and helpful information for taxpayers and practitioners alike that might make it a little more bearable.
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  • Public Charity Bill Would Add Certainty, Clarity

    The Pennsylvania Senate is debating a measure that will help ensure that institutions of purely public charity in the state are provided with a property and sales tax regime that is more certain and predictable.
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  • The Pension Time Bomb

    As Governor-elect Tom Wolf and the new General Assembly prepare to take their respective oaths of office in January, a recent report by the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) sheds more light on Pennsylvania’s growing fiscal malaise.
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  • PICPA Set to Push Agenda as Legislature Returns

    State lawmakers reconvene in Harrisburg today, Monday, Sept. 15, for the abbreviated fall legislative session. Senators are scheduled to be in session for 10 days, while their colleagues in the House have 11 days on their calendar.
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  • Tax Ambush from Harrisburg

    The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue’s (DOR) decision to unilaterally deny taxpayers’ legitimate unreimbursed business expense (UE) deductions has set off a firestorm of criticism.
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  • PNC Park or Citizens Bank Park?

    The start of new baseball debates also coincides with budget debates in Pennsylvania. Gov. Tom Corbett presented his spending plan for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which begins on July 1, in early February – about the time pitchers and catchers reported to training camp.
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