Pennsylvania’s Tax Amnesty Program

Beginning in April of 2017, Pennsylvania will begin offering a Tax Amnesty Program to eligible taxpayers. The program is geared toward taxpayers, both individuals and businesses, who owe outstanding taxes. This program will allow eligible taxpayers to ultimately pay less than the total owed to the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue if the taxpayer is able to pay the entire amount of the principal tax due.

If the delinquent taxpayer can satisfy the principal tax amount in its entirety, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will waive all penalties associated with the outstanding balance and also waive one-half of the interest associated with the underlying tax. To participate, taxpayers must file an online amnesty return, file all delinquent tax returns and make the required payment within the 60 day amnesty period.

Timing is critical and inflexible. This amnesty program will only be in effect from April 21 through June 19, 2017. The Department of Revenue will not accept requests for extensions of time to file an amnesty  application, so June 19, 2017, is the absolute cut-off date established by the program as currently written.

The amnesty program is applicable to almost all state taxes. However, failure to take advantage of this program if you are eligible carries significant consequences. After June 19, 2017, when the amnesty window closes, an additional 5 percent penalty will be added to eligible taxpayers who did not participate, and the interest which would otherwise have been cut in half will continue to accumulate. This essentially means eligible taxpayers can either pay less now or owe more down the line.

Pennsylvania had a similar program in 2010. Those taxpayers who participated in the 2010 tax amnesty program are presumed ineligible.

 

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Howland Hess O’Connell Partner Michael W. Cassidy Recipient of La Salle High School’s President Medal

On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Michael W. Cassidy, a named partner at the Law Firm of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy & O’Connell, LLP, received the President’s Medal from La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania.

 

Mr. Cassidy is a graduate of La Salle College High School, class of 1974. He received the medal during a dinner reception at his alma mater.

 

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In selecting Michael Cassidy to be the 2016 President’s Medal recipient, Brother James Butler,
FSC, President of La Salle College High School, explained the selection of Mr. Cassidy as follows: Michael proposes to the school community an eloquent example of a La Salle graduate who used his college preparatory education to earn outstanding professional credentials, qualifications he has unselfishly used in the service of his alma mater since receiving them. Furthermore, Mr. Cassidy’s deep knowledge of zoning and land use law was cited as being of inestimable value to La Salle College High School as the school has undertaken several campus development and expansion projects in recent decades.

 

Regarding Michael’s outstanding professional credentials, La Salle emphasized Mr. Cassidy’s time served as Springfield Township Commissioner in the 1990s and as legal counsel of many years’ standing to La Salle College High School. There is no doubt that Michael has found numerous ways remain of service to his alma mater for more than three decades.

 

Howland Hess O’Connell congratulates Michael on this well-deserved achievement, and thanks La Salle College High School for selecting Mr. Cassidy as the recipient of the 2016 President’s Medal.

 

 Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this website are intended solely for informational purposes. They neither constitute nor imply an official legal opinion on behalf of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy and O’Connell, LLP, nor do they establish an attorney-client relationship of any kind. Howland Hess O’Connell encourages all readers to seek and consult professional counsel before acting upon the information contained on this site.

Howland Hess O’Connell Attorney, Joseph Winning, Featured on University of Delaware’s Department of Communication Website

On Wednesday, October 26, 2016, Howland Hess O’Connell Attorney Joseph W. Winning was selected to be featured on the University of Delaware’s Department of Communication Website. The University of Delaware’s (“UD”) Department of Communication highlights alumni from an array of different professional fields to demonstrate to current and prospective Communication students what they can do with a degree in Communication from UD.

Mr. Winning graduated from the University of Delaware in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication. While at Delaware, Joe worked in the Department of Communication and served as the Sports Director for the University’s student radio station, 91.3 FM WVUD. He graduated Summa Cum Laude. Click here to see the feature and find out more.

Joseph is admitted to practice law throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Howland Hess O’Connell congratulates Joseph on this achievement and thanks the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware for selecting him to be featured on its website.

Join Howland Hess O’Connell in Being Environmentally Friendly and Security Conscious!

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Shredding of papers which contain identifiers like dates of birth and social security numbers is paramount in protecting one’s personal information from identity thieves. The attorneys and staff at Howland Hess O’Connell make every effort to protect this information, and so should you!

Montgomery County is hosting a series of Paper Shredding Events for consumers only (no businesses). The closest shredding event to our offices in Montgomery County is scheduled for July 23, 2016 from 9 a.m. to noon at Abington Junior High at 2056 Susquehanna Road in Abington, PA 19001

There is a two box limit per vehicle dropping off papers. Paperclips and staples are okay. All other binding material must be removed.

Our attorneys and members of our staff will also be taking advantage of two other recycling events provided to all county residents. Household Hazardous Waste Collections have been scheduled. The two nearest to our offices in Huntingdon Valley are May 14, 2016 from 9 am to 3 pm at Temple University’s Ambler Campus off Butler Pike in Ambler, PA AND June 18, 2016 from 9 am to 3 pm at Abington Junior High on Susquehanna Road. Almost any cleaner, paint, thinner, varnish, fuel, or other liquid that is hiding in your garage, basement or workshop can be safely disposed of at this collection. Also collected are fire extinguishers, rechargeable batteries, fluorescent tubes, and thermometers.

Montgomery County is also hosting an event for collecting used automobile tires for recycling. There is an eight tire limit per vehicle dropping them off. The site is Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell. The date of the event is Saturday, May 21, 2016. Tires will be collected from 9 am till noon.

Join Howland Hess O’Connell in protecting both your security and the environment!

Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this website are intended solely for informational purposes. They neither constitute nor imply an official legal opinion on behalf of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy and O’Connell nor do they establish an attorney-client relationship of any kind. Howland Hess O’Connell encourages all readers to seek and consult professional counsel before acting upon the information contained on this site.

SPOT the SCAM: Phony Fire Inspector Scamming Businesses

As a local business with roots in the community, it has recently been brought to our attention that there is a male and female in the Lower Moreland area claiming to be fire marshals. They are contacting businesses by phone and stating they wish to inspect either your fire extinguishers or your fire alarm, or both.

Here’s the scam: the two are contacting business owners, setting up appointments, and coming on-site to the business location. The two are allegedly clipping off legitimate inspection tags, putting their own counterfeit tags on the extinguishers and/or alarms, and charging owners for the service. It’s the definition of a double whammy: not only are you being charged for having a fake tag put on your fire extinguisher, but it’s also a fineable offense to not have a valid inspection tag supplied by the township or municipality in which you do business on your fire extinguisher.

Remember, only the fire department has the enforcement authority to regulate Fire Code requirements. Whether or not you do business in Lower Moreland, if someone wants to come out and inspect your business for any reason, it is good practice to call your township or municipality to verify their identity and authority. Be sure to alert employees of this situation as well, as it seems plausible the couple may target businesses on the weekends when owners/managers may not be physically present.

If you suspect these two, or either of them individually, are trying to run this fire extinguisher/alarm scam on you or are seeking to inspect your business for ANY reason, you or your employees should immediately call the Township to check on them.

Legal Disclaimer: The contents of this website are intended solely for informational purposes. They neither constitute nor imply an official legal opinion on behalf of Howland, Hess, Guinan, Torpey, Cassidy and O’Connell nor do they establish an attorney-client relationship of any kind. Howland Hess O’Connell encourages all readers to seek and consult professional counsel before acting upon the information contained on this site.