Mar. 03, 2023

HARRISBURG – To relieve Pennsylvania families and individuals of the burden associated with rising taxes, Rep. Joe Hogan (R-Bucks) recently co-sponsored several bills, providing tax cuts and lessening financial strain through various avenues.

“Costs of goods, services and taxes are rising at an alarming rate; these bills aims to curb unnecessary expenses and put the money of our hard-working Pennsylvanians back where it belongs,” Hogan said. “As we begin the 2023-24 budget process, this initiative will be a great pathway to financially aiding families and individuals of the Commonwealth for years to come.”

Hogan co-authored the following bills featured as part of the “Pennsylvania Families Tax Relief” measures:
Bill 160 would provide several permanent exemptions from the Sales and Use Tax (SUT) which are intended to help families reduce costs for their small children. The exemptions would include children’s and library books, toys, cribs and strollers, and youth sports equipment.
• A bill to provide tax holidays would help reduce burdens when families are making improvements to their homes or getting ready to send their children back to school through temporary relief from the SUT. The tax holidays would include Energy Star appliance for one year, personal property for disaster preparedness and impact resistant doors and windows for one year, tools and home improvement equipment for one week, and back-to-school supplies for two weeks.
Bill 164 would provide a permanent exemption from the SUT and GRT levied on cell phone bills. Estimated annual savings: $317 million.
Bill 167 would provide a permanent exclusion to volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services personnel from the SUT for protective equipment purchases.
• A bill to increase Pennsylvania’s Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit to match the federal credit of $3,000 for one qualifying individual and $6,000 for two more qualifying individuals over a three-year period. Estimated annual savings: $85 million.

“Although not all bills in the package are expected to move at once, I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to implement the many ways these bills could help provide tax relief and financial support to families and individuals of Pennsylvania,” Hogan added.

Representative Joe Hogan
142nd Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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