New year ends much-reviled business tax in Pennsylvania

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 4, 2016 11:53 AM

(Harrisburg) -- A much-reviled Pennsylvania business tax has been swept out by the new year. 

State Revenue Department spokesman Gary Miller says the capital stock and franchise tax expired Thursday as 2015 ended. 

Gene Barr, president and chief executive of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, says the tax was unfair because it forced businesses to pay the tax on their assets even if they did not turn a profit. 

Efforts to phase out the 171-year-old tax began under Governor Tom Ridge, but its elimination was delayed several times because of the implications for state revenue. 

Former Governor Tom Corbett, a fellow Republican, implemented the final phase-out schedule and Democratic Governor Tom Wolf let it stand as part of his business-tax reforms in this year's budget plan.

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