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Report: PA residents can satisfy tax obligation ahead of national average

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 4, 2013 3:59 AM
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(Undated) -- A new report shows Pennsylvanians will be able to satisfy their tax obligations earlier than most other Americans.

The study from the conservative-leaning Tax Foundation says people in the commonwealth would have to work from the first of the year until April 17 to pay all of their federal, state and local taxes.

Foundation researcher William McBride says it's slightly lower than the national average.

"On the calendar, that translates to 108 out of 365 days to pay that tax burden," McBride explains. "So, that brings us to April 18th this year, that is 'Tax Freedom Day.'"

Sharon Ward, director of the left-leaning Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center, thinks the "Tax Freedom Day" report doesn't tell the entire story.

"The Tax Foundation report is very misleading," Ward says. "It takes a one-size-fits-all approach to taxpayers."

The foundation report shows it will take average Americans five days longer this year than in 2012 to pay the tax obligation.

Researchers say the the fiscal cliff deal and the Affordable Care Act are the reasons the date has been pushed back.

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