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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’s Year of Advocacy

    The PICPA government relations team and its key standing committees played a vital role in shaping the debate on tax and related policy initiatives in Pennsylvania throughout 2016. Take a peek back to see what made 2016 one for the books.
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  • Federal Election Results Point Toward Tax Reform

    With speculation being rampant over what policies a Republican-dominated Washington will bring, there is one issue close to the profession that has a good chance to move forward next year: tax reform.
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  • Local Taxation Can Be Confusing – Even to the Governor

    Pennsylvania House Bill 245 was an extremely important piece of legislation as it protected taxpayers from being double-taxed. The bipartisan bill garnered “yes” support from more than 75 percent of the Senate and the House. But Gov. Tom Wolf unceremoniously vetoed the bill. How could this happen?
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  • Make the Most of the 2016 Election

    The U.S. presidential election has been the centerpiece of the fall political calendar, but it is important for voters to understand that some of the most impactful work will happen in the chambers of the state legislature and the offices of state and local officials.
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  • PICPA-Sponsored Changes to CPA Law Pass State Legislature

    PICPA’s proposed changes to the Pennsylvania CPA Statute cleared its final hurdle and was unanimously approved by the state House.
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  • Pa. Lawmakers Return as Summer Recess Ends

    For the PICPA government relations team in Harrisburg, we know fall is here when state lawmakers come back in session following their summer recess. The first rule in politics is to do no harm (or as little as possible) in the course of the legislative process leading up to an election. The exception to this rule may be in state pension reform.
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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 Faces Needed at Day on the Hill

    For certified public accountants, it is crucial that we make sure our voice is heard in the political process. It is important that our profession helps to influence these decisions to make sure the best policies are being implemented.
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  • New Overtime Rule: A Blow to Business, A Blow to CPAs

    Businesses nationwide are reviewing the new overtime-pay rule. In Pennsylvania, CPA firms and their clients are expressing concern. The rule may be well-intentioned, but it is likely to have unintended consequences. Many employers believe the rule will force them to cap workers’ hours, slow the hiring of full-time employees, and shift salaried workers to hourly schedules.
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  • Patent Trolling: What It Is and Why It Is Important to CPAs

    Patent assertion entities, commonly referred to as “patent trolls,” attempt to enforce patent rights against accused infringers far beyond a patent's actual value. It's an issue the negatively affects many small businesses.
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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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  • CPAs and Politics

    To many people, the idea of CPAs being involved in politics is anathema. With our reputation for integrity and objectivity, what role is there for a CPA in politics? That’s really the point, though.
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  • Elections: Your Voice Matters

    Tuesday, Nov. 3, is Election Day in Pennsylvania. Get out and vote. Read more from Peter Calcara as he discusses who is on the ballot and why you should vote.
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  • Advocacy Gets a Jolt When Members Join In

    The PICPA, through its full-time government relations team in Harrisburg, leads the way in protecting members’ interest in the state public policymaking arena. Our opinion matters in Harrisburg!
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  • Summer Budget Swelter

    It’s sunny here in Harrisburg and the heat is rising – though not necessarily because of the sun. Rather it’s due to the political impasse over the state budget between the governor and the legislature.
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  • It’s Game Time in Harrisburg!

    On Tuesday, June 9, the PICPA will once again be holding its annual Day on the Hill (DOTH) event in Harrisburg. In case you’re still foggy coming out of tax season, DOTH is the yearly pilgrimage that PICPA members make to the state Capitol to learn about important budget and legislative matters...
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