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


Deufol to cut 150 workers in Sunman

first_imgSunman, In. — Deufol North America has announced plans to idle 150 workers in July. The company laid off 250 workers in August of 2017.Officials have reported difficulty securing new customers after losses over the last two years. The company provides custom packaging, distribution, engineering and IT services.last_img


UPDATE: Former student Kevin Valero found

first_imgUPDATE: Former student Kevin Valero was reported to have been found alive at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday night, according to the administrators of a community Facebook page set up to find him. An earlier version of this article reporting Valero as missing ran in Monday’s edition of the Daily Trojan.Former USC student Kevin Valero went missing Friday afternoon according to Jorge-Mario Cabrera, director of communications and public relations at Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, where Valero worked for the past four years as a volunteer.Missing · Kevin Valero (left), 21, was last seen on Friday afternoon. He studied political science and international relations at USC in 2012. – Photo courtesy of the Help Find Kevin Valero Facebook pageAccording to his friends and his Facebook page, Valero studied business administration and international relations at USC in 2012 and now studies political science at Citrus College.Cabrera said Valero was last heard from around 1:30 p.m. on Friday.“Around 1:10 he sent a text message to a friend,“ Cabrera said. “We do know that the contact was to a friend of his but there was no indication as to whether or not there was any foul play or he was concerned about anything. All we know is that he told his mother before leaving the house that he was going to go out with some friends.”At approximately 1:30 p.m., Cabrera said Valero used an ATM and stopped at a Starbucks. Valero was scheduled to work that afternoon but never showed up.Cabrera said the CHIRLA currently has about 50 volunteers searching throughout Southern California calling hospitals, jails and morgues and handing out fliers near where Valero was last seen.The fliers describe Valero as 21-years-old, 5-foot-6, approximately 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes wearing a black shirt, black jeans and navy blue Nike shoes.Cabrera said a police report was filed Saturday and the missing person flier said to contact the Covina Police Department, but as of Sunday afternoon the Daily Trojan found no record of a missing persons report.Cabrera said CHIRLA is considering having a press conference Monday at 10 a.m. with Valero’s family.Valero was also a member of the California Dream Network’s leadership team. The organization has posted on its Facebook page asking for information on his whereabouts.last_img read more


The Day when the only Bosnian lifted Trophy of the UEFA Cup

first_imgSporting from Lisbon was one of the very few clubs that got the opportunity to win the trophy of the UEFA Cup in their own stadium. Zebras from Lisbon eliminated the Dutch AZ from the semi-finals with a goal in the 120th minute and came to the last step to win the first European trophy in the history of this club after 41 years.On the opposite side was CSKA from Moscow, which was trying to become the first Russian team to enter the list of winners of European trophy. Even in the former Soviet Union, the Cup of European Winners’ of Cups went to the Ukrainian Dynamo Kiev (twice) and Georgia’s Dinamo Tbilisi, but never a team from Russia.The team of CSKA managed to eliminate Benfica, Partizan, Auxerre, and Parma and probably would not be considered as an outsider if the finals were played on a neutral field.When the English referee Graham Poll gave a signal for the start of the finals, BH international player Elvir Rahimic was one of 22 players on the field.He was born in Zivinice and changed several clubs before becoming “a soldier of CSKA” in 2001. He became a “defensive midfielder” in the ranks of the Moscow club, a player for special missions, tactical fouls, a player who had an immense trust of their coach Valery Gazzaev.José Alvalade heated the match in the 28th minute when Rogerio scored for the lead of Sporting, but the Russians have not lost their head and continued playing. There was a great reversal very soon: Alexei Berezutski scored for 1: 1 after 57 minutes of the match, Zhirkov scored 10 minutes later for the lead of CSKA and Vagner Love set the final score 15 minutes before the end of the match.CSKA won with the result 3: 1 and they became the first Russian club that won the European trophy, and Elvir Rahimic was the first and only Bosnian who won the UEFA Cup in the 37-year history of the competition (1972-2009).(Source: Radiosarajevo.ba)last_img read more