House bill would correct local tax collection of active military

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Feb 14, 2016 8:55 AM

(Harrisburg) --  A bill to prohibit local income taxes from applying to active duty military pay is on its way to the governor's desk.

A 2008 law meant to streamline local tax collection ended a long-time exemption from local taxes on active duty military members' pay earned within the commonwealth.

The House bill set out to correct that, and the state Senate unanimously approved the measure this week.  Senator Randy Vulakovich chairs the Committee for Veterans Affairs.

"These soldiers are required to take leave from their families and professional careers often at lower pay to serve our country.  And I believe the wages they earn for this service should not become subject to new taxation," said Senator Vulakovich.

He also said more and more members of the Pennsylvania National Guard have been called to active duty at home and abroad in the last few years and they deserve the state's support.

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