Scott seeks EIT records

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Green Tree is no longer alone in its legal battle against the Allegheny County South West Tax Collection Committee and Jordan Tax Service to obtain copies of quarterly earned income tax records and payments for 2012.

Scott commissioners voted 8-0 Tuesday to join Green Tree and to request its EIT records. Scott agreed to split the legal fees, not to exceed 50 hours.

Township solicitor Robert McTiernan said the regional collector believes communities are not allowed to see the verifying documents.

Scott manager Denise Fitzgerald added that she knows of other communities that are in discussion about joining in the legal action, too.

Act 32 of 2008, which split Allegheny County into four taxing jurisdictions for the collection of earned income taxes, states that all tax records shall be the property of the political subdivisions and the tax collection district in which the taxes were collected.

The act also provides for the examining and copying tax records.

The Allegheny County South West Tax Collection Committee's management arm is in the process of developing a policy concerning EIT records inspection and/or copying that will be presented next month.

The South West region comprises 63 municipalities and school districts.


Carole Gilbert Brown, freelance writer:


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