Delinquent Penn Hills taxpayers get 60-day amnesty

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Delinquent taxpayers in the Penn Hills School District -- and the district says you know who you are -- will have a 60-day amnesty period to pay back earned income taxes without penalty starting March 15.

The amnesty is for the tax years 2001 and earlier.

Business Manager Bruce Dakan said the district's new delinquent earned income tax collector, Maiello, Brungo & Maiello, will send out letters to people whose names have shown up on the delinquent list.

These people probably received a letter in the past from Berkheimer Associates, the previous delinquent collector, he said.

How much money the district is likely to collect thanks to the amnesty is unknown, Dakan said.

The district creates its list by buying income tax information from the state and comparing names of people who filed state income tax forms to names in district information banks. By the time the district gets the state information, it is two years old, which explains why there may be problems reconciling the information.

With the switch in tax collectors this year, the district figured it would cut any confusion by offering the one-time period when interest and penalties would be waived.

Dakan said there are several things people must remember when they pay these back taxes.

The amnesty will run from March 15 to the close of business May 16.

Back taxes must be paid in full, within the 60-day period.

Payments are to be made to Maiello, Brungo & Maeillo. The school district cannot accept the payments.

Taxpayers who were not notified by Maiello also may pay delinquent taxes for 2001 and previous tax years without assessment of the penalties and interest. Those taxpayers will need to furnish documentation of income for the years taxes weren't paid and pay the taxes within the amnesty period.


Judy Laurinatis can be reached at jlaurinatis@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1884.


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