Critic: Mayor reinventing tax-reform wheel

    By: Tom MacDonald

    Philadelphia has the second-highest tax burden of any major city in the United States, after New York, and business leaders say high taxes are scaring away entrepreneurs and industry giants alike. Mayor Nutter has asked a task force to review the city’s tax structure, but WHYY’s Tom MacDonald spoke with a leading tax critic who says the task force is about to repeat work that was already done not that long ago.

    By: Tom MacDonald
    tmacdonald@whyy.org

    Philadelphia has the second-highest tax burden of any major city in the United States, after New York, and business leaders say high taxes are scaring away entrepreneurs and industry giants alike. Mayor Nutter has asked a task force to review the city’s tax structure, but WHYY’s Tom MacDonald spoke with a leading tax critic who says the task force is about to repeat work that was already done not that long ago.

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