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Bankrate's 2009 Tax Guide
State tax pages
Take a state tax expedition. Each of the states has its own way of gathering revenues from its residents.
State tax roundup

Pennsylvania's state income tax rate is a flat 3.07 percent with no personal exemptions. More on Pennsylvania taxes can be found in the tabbed pages below.

Personal income tax
Pennsylvania has a flat tax rate of 3.07 percent on individual income, with no personal exemptions.
County, municipal and school district taxes also are collected. Those rates can be found on the state's tax Web site.
Pennsylvanians who live on a modest income may qualify for the state's Tax Forgiveness Credit.
Pennsylvania tax returns are due on April 15 or the next business day if that date falls on a weekend or holiday.
Sales tax
Pennsylvania imposes a 6 percent state sales tax on taxable goods and services.
A local sales tax of 1 percent is collected on sales of taxable goods and services initiated from a location in Philadelphia and Allegheny county.
Major items exempt from sales tax include food (not ready-to-eat), most wearing apparel, drugs, textbooks, sales for resale and residential heating fuels.
Personal and real property taxes
Pennsylvania does not levy or collect taxes on real estate or personal property. Those taxes are reserved for the local governments: counties, municipalities and school districts. Usually, all three districts levy real estate or property taxes, so you will need to know what county, school district and municipality you live in.
Municipalities (cities, townships and boroughs) are permitted to levy real estate property taxes that cannot exceed 30 mills on the assessed value of the property without special permission of the courts.
The Taxpayer Relief Act provides school districts the opportunity to offer lower property taxes to homeowners by implementing an additional earned income and net profits tax or a personal income tax. More information on this measure is available at the Pennsylvania Department of Education Web site.
The state's Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is available to qualified seniors and permanently disabled citizens. It is funded by the Pennsylvania Lottery and administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue. Qualified taxpayers can be reimbursed up to $650 a year for the amount they paid in property taxes or rent in the previous year.
Local governments can impose a variety of local taxes, from the earned income tax to the real property tax to various other taxes. Employers are required to withhold from employees earned income and emergency and municipal services taxes imposed by municipalities and school districts.
Inheritance and estate taxes
Pennsylvania collects an inheritance tax.
Pennsylvania has an estate tax based on a decedent's total gross estate and limited to the credit for state death taxes allowed on the federal estate tax return. However, since the federal credit for state estate tax payments has been phased out, the Keystone State's estate tax is not imposed.
Other Pennsylvania tax facts
Taxpayers can go online to track the status of their refunds.
In an effort to collect unpaid state taxes, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue publishes a list of delinquent sales and employer withholding tax accounts.
For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue's Web site. Residents may also contact the automated FACT and Information Line at (888)-PATAXES. New resident tax information is available on the state's tax Web site.
To download tax forms on this site, you will need to install a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here for instructions.
-- Updated: Feb. 4, 2009

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