By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – Saying itâs a matter of fairness, the state Secretary of Revenue is defending the effort to collect unpaid sales taxes owed by Pennsylvania residents on purchases made via the Internet or from other out-of-state retailers. The secretary was questioned about the effort as budget hearings continue.READ MORE: Mask Opt-Out Bill For Students Clears Pennsylvania Senate Committee
This year, there is a line on Pennsylvania income tax forms asking people to declare âuse taxesââ¦ or unpaid sales taxes on items from so-called âremote sellersâ. Republican Senator Mary Jo White says it may come as a surprise to some.
âWhen you now collect a tax that has never been collected before, the public perception is itâs a new tax.âREAD MORE: Small Wins: Philadelphia Man Overcame Life Struggles To Become Face Of Clothing Brand
White asked Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser what residents can do if they havenât kept track of their Internet purchases. Meuser says there is a separate form along with the PA 40 that will give guidance for people to estimate their use tax.
âAnd we did this based upon their incomes.â
He says on the electronic tax form, you will not be able to leave the use tax line blank, though you can enter zero. And he says Philadelphia and Allegheny County residents will be expected to pay their local sales tax rates of 8-percent and 7-percent, respectively.MORE NEWS: Suspect Gilbert Newton III Testifies, Damning Texts Read During Trial In Murder Of Ex-Girlfriend Morgan McCaffrey