Other State Taxes

Pennsylvania’s corporate taxes and tax rate continue to put the Commonwealth at a competitive disadvantage. Comprehensive reforms of and reductions in business taxes are necessary to stimulate economic development. Specifically, the PA Chamber supports eliminating the cap on Net Operating Losses, reducing the Corporate Net Income tax rate and bringing uniformity and clarity to Pennsylvania’s tax structure.

State Tax Reforms Needed to Help Boost PA’s Competitiveness in the Global Marketplace

Pennsylvania is full of economic potential. Our prime location, ample natural resources, world-class educational institutions, diverse industry base and strong work ethic provide a host of opportunities for the Commonwealth’s private sector. And yet, we are often overlooked for new investment opportunities. In July 2019, the financial ratings website WalletHub rated Pennsylvania a very dismal 45th in the nation when analyzing the best states in which to start a business.  Our state also ranked third from the bottom in terms of its overall business environment.  And, last year, Amazon’s decision to pass over Pennsylvania as the site for its HQ2 headquarters – an announcement that the PA Chamber met with great disappointment – was another missed opportunity that necessitated a strong examination of why the Commonwealth wasn’t chosen.  One of the most glaring factors hurting Pennsylvania’s overall business climate is something the PA Chamber has pointed out for decades puts the state at a great disadvantage – an uncompetitive and overly complicated Tax Code.  

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How to grow business climate in Pennsylvania

How to grow business climate in Pennsylvania

Dec 14, 2018 | Lancaster Online

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PA Chamber Expresses Disappointment with Amazon’s HQ2 Decision

PA Chamber Expresses Disappointment with Amazon’s HQ2 Decision

Nov 13, 2018 | Tricia Harris

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding Amazon’s decision to split its second headquarters between New York and northern Virginia.

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PA Chamber:  Study Shows State’s Tax Structure a Barrier to Growth

PA Chamber: Study Shows State’s Tax Structure a Barrier to Growth

Sep 5, 2018 | Tricia Harris

A new study unveiled today by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry highlights the uncompetitive nature of the Commonwealth’s Tax Code.  The report, “Pennsylvania: A 21st Century Tax Code for the Commonwealth” – which was authored by the Tax Foundation and funded via a grant by the PA Chamber – delves into how the Commonwealth’s tax structure compares to other states and provides a menu of policy options to improve Pennsylvania’s overall competitiveness.      

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Few issues draw as much attention as state business taxes for companies seeking to locate or expand operations. Business taxes affect business decisions, job creation and retention, plant location, competitiveness, and the long-term health of a state’s economy. Taxes on business have been found to be the most harmful to economic growth. If taxes take a larger portion of revenue, that cost is passed along to either consumers (through higher prices), employees (through lower wages or fewer jobs), or shareholders (through lower dividends or share value), or some combination of the above. Thus, a state with lower tax costs will be more attractive to business investment and more likely to experience economic growth.

While positive changes to the Commonwealth’s business taxes occurred over the last few years, other states in the US have made more significant improvements to their tax structure. As a result, the Commonwealth’s tax structure, which includes the highest effective corporate net income tax rate in the country, continues to impede our competitiveness.

The Chamber supports a thorough review and analysis of the current tax structure that includes dynamic econometric modeling. The process for review should be well-balanced in its representation of the business community and designed to make changes to the tax structure that are based on the principles of competitiveness, predictability, fairness and simplicity.

The Chamber supports specific tax changes that encourage companies to locate and expand in Pennsylvania, including:

  • Reduction of the Corporate Net Income (CNI) Tax rate;
  • Elimination of the net operating loss cap;
  • Administrative reforms that promote timely, efficient and independent tax dispute resolution.
  • Prohibition of contingent fee agreements for the collection of taxes and for unclaimed property audits.

Similarly, the Chamber opposes tax policy options that hinder a company’s ability to compete in today’s global market. Specifically, the Chamber opposes:

  • Unreasonable treatment of out of state companies;
  • Corporate taxable nexus of instate and out of state transactions based solely on economic activity;
  • Increases in the tax burden on pass-through entities;
  • Mandatory Unitary Combined reporting;
  • Throw back/throw out rules;
  • Changes that exacerbate tax pyramiding in the imposition of a sales and use or some other consumption tax;
  • Adoption of a new or expanded gross receipts or business receipts tax;
  • Reinstitution of the Capital Stock and Franchise Tax or adoption of a net worth tax;
  • Broad, subjective Department of Revenue powers;
  • Increases in the tax burden on targeted industries.