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March 3, 2015 | Vol. 16, No. 18
 |  An e-Newsbrief from the Philadelphia Bar Association  | 

Special Alert to Members of
the Philadelphia Bar Association

As you may be aware, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf unveiled his 2015-2016 budget proposal today.

In his address, Gov. Wolf said, "My plan raises the personal income tax to 3.7 percent. It is the same rate that Leader Reed has proposed, but less of an increase than what some other Republican legislators have proposed. And it will make up for lost revenue by increasing the sales tax from 6 to 6.6 percent, while broadening the base to include services that currently are not taxed because special interest groups have lobbied for special exemptions."

"This is a similar approach to House and Senate Bills 76 which have been championed by many Republican and Democratic lawmakers," he added.

As you may recall, House and Senate Bills 76, proposed in the 2013-2014 legislative session, called for a sales tax on legal services. The Philadelphia Bar Association vigorously opposed these bills, which ultimately were not enacted. While it remains unclear at this point whether any proposed expansion of the sales tax may include a tax on legal services, the Philadelphia Bar Association will continue to monitor this matter and will keep membership informed.

To read the full budget address, click here.

To access Senate Bill 76, click here.

To access House Bill 76, click here.

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