For a limited time, the PA Department of Revenue is waiving 100 percent of penalties and half the interest for anyone who applies for Tax Amnesty online at
This is only the second time in Pennsylvania’s history it has offered a Tax Amnesty program to those who owe the state back taxes.
“This is a rare opportunity tax delinquents can’t afford to pass up,” said PA Department of Revenue Secretary C. Daniel Hassell. “We strongly urge any business or individual that owes back taxes to Pennsylvania to pay up during the Tax Amnesty period before we take further action.”
After PA Tax Amnesty ends on June 18, eligible individuals who do not take advantage of the PA Tax Amnesty program to settle back taxes will have a 5 percent non-participation penalty added to delinquencies and may face other enforcement actions.
The 54-day PA Tax Amnesty program, created by Act 48 of 2009, is intended to generate $190 million to balance the current year fiscal budget. The program is generally available to all individuals, businesses and other entities with PA tax delinquencies as of June 30, 2009.
As required by law, all delinquent taxpayers known to the PA Department of Revenue received notices by mail in late April informing them of tax delinquencies and the PA Tax Amnesty program.
As an incentive to taxpayers previously unknown to PA to identify themselves, such tax delinquents will only be responsible for filing and paying five years worth of back taxes. In exchange, they must supply the state with the information it needs to add them to its tax records.
Taxpayers must apply for PA Tax Amnesty online at
The PA Tax Amnesty website features commonly asked questions and answers, step-by-step application instructions in English and Spanish and links to forms and publications taxpayers may need to satisfy PA Tax Amnesty filing requirements. Fact sheets, promotional materials, news releases, prepared newsletter articles and advertising materials will be added to the website throughout the PA Tax Amnesty period so that interested parties may share them with others to encourage participation in the PA Tax Amnesty program.
A toll-free hotline and call center featuring extended customer service hours has been dedicated to the PA Tax Amnesty program. Taxpayers may call
1-877-34-PAYUP (1-877-347-2987) from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on some Saturdays.