GO-TIME: Revenue Department Collects $1.5 Million with Innovative Home-Sharing Outreach Initiative

first_img Economy,  GO-TIME,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA — Secretary Eileen McNulty today announced the Department of Revenue has collected an additional $1.5 million in hotel occupancy tax through an innovative outreach and education program as part of Governor Wolf’s GO-TIME initiative to reduce costs and improve efficiency in government.“Pennsylvania is an exciting destination and travelers are increasingly using technology to book a room, apartment, or house for their short-term lodging. Just like a traditional hotel or bed and breakfast, the hosts must collect the state’s hotel occupancy tax from guests,” said McNulty. “Our one-of-a-kind initiative is helping to inform hosts so they can comply with the state’s tax law.”The department began reaching out to property owners last year with information about the tax. Under Pennsylvania law, anyone who rents out lodging to the same person for less than 30 consecutive days must collect and remit the state hotel occupancy tax.The tax rate is 6 percent – the same as the sales tax. The department collects an additional 1 percent tax in Allegheny and Philadelphia counties. Both counties, and many other local governments, impose and collect a separate hotel tax.“Home-sharing is another example of how the sharing economy is expanding to give consumers more choices, and the department is adapting to apply the tax laws fairly across industries,” said McNulty. “This initiative is ongoing and will continue to level the playing field for the various lodging entities in Pennsylvania.”Home-sharing websites and other intermediaries or brokers are not required to collect the hotel occupancy tax, however the home-sharing company Airbnb began collecting the tax last year as part of a separate initiative, which is not included in the $1.5 million total.Hotel occupancy tax should be reported to the department on the sales tax return and income from home sharing should be reported on the taxpayer’s Pennsylvania personal income tax return.The Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management and Efficiency (GO-TIME) is working to modernize government operations in order to reduce costs and improve services.GO-TIME works with agencies to share resources, collaborate and engage employees in transformation. State agencies already saved over $156 million and Governor Wolf challenged GO-TIME to build upon this success by achieving $500 million in savings by 2020. To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time. GO-TIME: Revenue Department Collects $1.5 Million with Innovative Home-Sharing Outreach Initiative April 10, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


Laudrup excited by cup defence

first_img Press Association But they beat Sheffield Wednesday 4-1 at the weekend, thanks to four goals from Jesse Lingard, who is unavailable for this fixture due to the terms of his loan from Manchester United. And Laudrup believes they could be dangerous opponents. “They are a strong Championship side and I think they will think as we do in this competition,” he said. “They reached the final and won this competition, they know it is possible and they will want to beat us to go there again. “They know how nice it is to play at Wembley in front of 80,000 people and lift the trophy.” The Dane also revealed Swansea have received a number of enquiries from Championship clubs for striker Leroy Lita, who has been linked with Sheffield Wednesday, where he had a loan spell last term. Laudrup said: “Leroy had some offers which is normal because in the Championship he has shown he has quality, he can score goals there because he has done it before and could do it again. “I think he is right now waiting for the right thing because he has had offers from different Championship clubs already. I don’t know whether it will happen because it depends on what he wants but I am hoping so because the player needs to play. “He has been quite some months without competitive games so I hope for him he can get a move soon because he needs to get on with his career.” Michael Laudrup admits it will be special for his Swansea side when they begin the defence of the only major honour in the club’s history at Birmingham on Wednesday, and sees no reason why they cannot target another successful Capital One Cup campaign. With Laudrup and his squad battling on four fronts, the Dane could be forgiven for placing the League Cup at the bottom of his list of priorities. But he has no intention of doing so. Laudrup said: “It’s the first game of our cup defence and I think we all still remember last season, so for us it is something special. “Everybody still remembers the feeling of standing there with the trophy after winning against Bradford, and maybe as much the two semi-final legs against Chelsea or the win at Liverpool. “We know the cup competitions are possibilities for smaller clubs to have success, you only need a few wins and you are in the semi-final. “Last year we needed four wins, this season we come in a stage later so we only need three wins to get to a semi-final, we have to try and do that again.” Birmingham are themselves League Cup winners, with their most recent success coming courtesy of their victory over Arsenal in the 2011 final. They were relegated to the Championship at the end of the same season, and have not enjoyed the best of starts under Lee Clark this term. The Swans’ ended their 101-year wait for one of the domestic game’s main pieces of silverware when they beat Bradford 5-0 at Wembley in February to win last season’s competition. That victory granted them passage into the Europa League, in which they enjoyed a famous 3-0 win over Valencia at the Mestalla last week. last_img read more