Legislative Alert: Public Hearing on BIRT TAX Bill
Date: 12/6/13
On Wednesday December 11th, the City Council Committee on Finance will hold a Public Hearing to hear testimony on BILL NO 130530 introduced June 13, 2013 by Councilmembers Quiñones Sánchez, Green, Henon, Jones, Johnson, Squilla and O'Neill.
The proposed Bill relates to the Business Income & Receipts Tax (BIRT): the tax calculation is based on both gross receipts and net income. This is a completely separate tax from the Net Profits Tax.

If passed, the BIRT Tax Bill will eliminate the competitive disadvantage Philadelphias current business tax structure puts on Philadelphia-based businesses

Currently:
Only Philadelphia-based businesses pay a net income tax of 6.45%
Both Philadelphia and suburban businesses pay a gross receipts tax of 0.1415 mills on all sales conducted in the City

The proposed BIRT Tax Bill will eliminate net income tax and increase the gross receipts tax gradually to level the playing field for Philadelphia businesses by 2019.

The immediate effects on the bill would be different for each individual company based on its specific situation. Some Manufacturers will see the amount of taxes they pay go up between now and 2019, others will pay the same amount or even less in taxes.

All Manufacturers and businesses in Philadelphia will benefit from the fact that theyll be paying the same amount of taxes as their competitors from outside of the city.
We invite Manufacturers, who are in support of this bill, to testify before the Committee of Finance, to tell your story, and how important it is for your business that the BIRT Tax Bill passes.

Details:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
10:00 AM
Room 400 City Hall

If you are interested in testifying or have any questions about this bill, please contact:

Christina Rockwell, Director Membership and Legislative Affairs
christinar@manufacturingonline.org
215-948-9285 x 105 right away.

Letting Manufacturers know about legislative activity that affects them is just one thing that MAP does for our Membership. If you work with any manufacturers or suppliers in the city that this bill could affect, please share the information with them. Also, encourage them to join MAP so that we can continue to fight alongside our Members for the benefit of Manufacturers in Philadelphia.
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