Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Reminds Cyber Monday Shoppers to Pay Use Tax

Dateline:  November 23, 2011 - HARRISBURG

Press Release from the PA Department of Revenue:

Shoppers planning to take advantage of Cyber Monday Internet sales on Nov. 28 are reminded to check receipts for sales tax charges, and save purchase records not reflecting sales tax to facilitate payment of use tax in the new year, Department of Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser said today.

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Pennsylvania Sales Tax Filing Frequency Change

Effective June 1, 2011, businesses that reported sales, use and hotel occupancy tax of $25,000 or more - or if no return was filed, the tax that should have been reported was $25,000 or more - for the third quarter of 2010, are now required to file returns and remit payments on a semi-monthly basis, pursuant to Act 48 of 2009.

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Health Care Coverage Now Reported on Your 2011 W-2s is Not Taxable

Dateline:  December 2011

The Affordable Care Act indicates that employers are now required to report the cost of employer-sponsored group health plan coverage on the Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement.  This new reporting requirement is for information only, to inform you about the cost of your health coverage.  It does not mean that your employer-provided health care coverage is now subject to tax.

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1099 Reporting Requirement Repealed

President Obama signed into law a repeal of the expanded Form 1099 reporting requirements applicable to corporations and landlords.

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Methods for Figuring the Deduction of Your Business Driving Costs

Dateline:  December 2011

If you drive your personal car or truck for business, be sure to know the rules for 2011 so you can maximize your tax deduction for the cost of this driving.

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Construction Workplace Misclassification Act

In October 2010 Governor Rendell signed Act 72 of 2010 – formerly House Bill 400 and known as The Construction Workplace Misclassification Act – into law.  The new law provides criteria for independent contractor classification and makes it a criminal offense for construction industry employers to knowingly misclassify employees as independent contractors.

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