Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett has directed the implementation of a Licensee Tax Responsibility Program (“Program”) to promote collection of Commonwealth tax delinquencies identified within the Department of Revenue and the Department of Labor and Industry. Effective immediately, chief administrators of all Commonwealth agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction shall be required to provide the Secretary of Revenue with:
1. Information for licensees and applicants, including tax identification numbers for personal income tax, sales tax, corporation tax, employer withholding tax, and unemployment compensation.
2. A statement signed by each licensee and applicant, under penalty of perjury, which indicates that all state reports have been filed and paid, or the existence a current deferred payment plan.
License application, renewal or transfer forms shall include an express waiver by the applicant regarding confidentiality of the subject Commonwealth tax information to be used solely in connection with this Program. The signed waiver is necessary to shield Commonwealth agencies from legal actions arising from the utilization of otherwise confidential state tax information.
The Secretary of Revenue shall then issue a notice to the licensing agency indicating those licensees and applicants who have unresolved state tax obligations.
The Program is intended to encourage business licensees and applicants to voluntarily and promptly comply with the tax laws with minimal disruption to operations of state agencies and their respective licensees.
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