Tax Warrior Chronicles

Philadelphia Wage Tax Refunds – What’s New for 2020? Plenty!

Posted on Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Among the many issues created by the pandemic, local income tax withholding in Pennsylvania caused administrative headaches for Pennsylvania employers over the last several months (as explained in our previous blog). In today’s blog, we will discuss the Philadelphia Wage Tax Refund process for 2020.

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Telecommuting - Payroll Issues for Pennsylvania Businesses and Employees

Posted on Fri, Oct 30, 2020

Clare Porreca, CPA, MT


Working from home has created a host of state and local tax issues that businesses cannot ignore. Pennsylvania’s numerous local tax jurisdictions create an extra layer of complexity. As pandemic-influenced telecommuting remains prevalent, Pennsylvania employers and employees should revisit their policies regarding PA local tax withholding.

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Why Isn’t Philadelphia Advertising Wage Tax Refunds Available for Low-Income Families?

Posted on Thu, Jan 24, 2019

By: Rosalind W. Sutch, CPA, MT


Everyone living or working in Philadelphia knows the significant wage tax burden that comes along with the privilege.   At its height, the Philadelphia Wage Tax reached 4.96% in 1985. Since the mid-1990s, rates have slowly dropped.  But did you know that certain low-income taxpayers may qualify for a 0.5% reduction in their Philadelphia Wage tax and are due a refund?

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Philadelphia Wage Tax Rate Reduces Again as Planned

Posted on Tue, Aug 07, 2018

By: Drucker & Scaccetti


As part of a planned schedule to lower the City Wage Tax, The Philadelphia Department of Revenue reduced the tax for residents and non-residents again on July 1, 2018. Any paycheck that businesses issue with a pay date after June 30, 2018 must have Philadelphia City Wage Tax withheld at the new rate.

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Tax Refund Opportunity for Philadelphia Residents Working Outside PA

Posted on Thu, Mar 23, 2017

By: Rosalind W. Sutch, CPA & Chris Catarino, CPA


Taxpayers residing in Philadelphia and working outside of Pennsylvania (full or part-time) may be eligible for a refund of their Philadelphia Wage Tax. This refund opportunity recently became available due to a far-reaching U.S. Supreme Court decision, explained further below. Accordingly, many taxpayers, employers, and non-local tax practitioners are not aware of this opportunity.

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