PA tax amnesty, so far, less than half of goal

    Pennsylvania’s tax amnesty window is headed into its final weeks.

    With a bit more than two weeks to go in Pennsylvania’s tax amnesty program, the Revenue Department has collected $76.9 million. That’s less than half of the effort’s $190 million goal.

    The tax amnesty window is headed into its final weeks.

    Revenue Department spokeswoman Stephanie Weyant says there were a lot of applications in the first few weeks of the program, but that traffic slowed down in late May.

    She says the department expects a big surge in the final two weeks and has recently launched another advertising campaign to help boost awareness of the program.

    Weyant:
    We had a television commercial that ran the first three weeks. We have a new television commercial running for the last three weeks of the program. We’re also continuing all of the radio, print, and online advertising throughout the rest of the program.

    The General Fund is counting on at least $190 million from the effort. Anything less would add to the state’s $1.2 billion revenue gap.

    Weyant says more than three quarters of applications came in during the final two weeks during the last amnesty effort, so she’s confident the program will reach its financial goal.

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