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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • New Opportunity for Spreading the Fiscal Responsibility Message

    For the third time, the PICPA Fiscal Responsibility Task Force is gearing up to put the spotlight on the top fiscal issues facing Pennsylvania as we enter a new legislative session and bring in a new administration. Also for the third time, the task force’s report will examine the public pension situation in Pennsylvania.
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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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  • CPAs, You Have the Power – Why Not Use It?

    I am passionate about advocacy. Many think advocacy is restricted to representing members’ interests in Harrisburg, but it is so much more. When the collective voice of more than 21,600 PICPA members speak on an issue, we can have an impact.
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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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  • A First-Timer’s Take on Day on the Hill

    For those unfamiliar with Day on the Hill, it’s an annual event that brings PICPA members to Harrisburg to hear from Pennsylvania political leaders and meet with their representatives about the issues facing CPAs and their clients. This will be my first time to this event, and I wanted to share what I’m looking forward to.
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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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  • Let the Pennsylvania Budget Games Begin

    It’s officially budget season, so let the legislative and political tussles begin. Gov. Tom Corbett unveiled his proposed fiscal year 2014-2015 spending plan to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly last Tuesday, Feb. 4.
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  • Tax Appeals Process Reformed in PA

    Last month I blogged about PICPA’s legislative successes so far in the 2013-2014 legislative session (“Advocacy with an Impact”). One of the victories I touted was reform of the Board of Finance and Revenue, or BF&R.
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  • Advocacy with an Impact

    The legislative process can be unpredictable and frustrating. As PICPA’s vice president of government relations, I live with this on a daily basis. Frustration with the process, not to mention some of the individuals in charge of the process, can at times overshadow the good that can be achieved.
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  • Creative Accountants

    When in doubt, blame it on the creative accountants! That seems to be the mantra among many in politics, the media, and elsewhere, particularly when it comes to tax policy and tax planning strategies. I don’t know why the phrase “creative accountants” bothers me – I live with the “lobbyist” tag, after all – but it does, and I’m not even a card-carrying member of the esteemed CPA profession.
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