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Ortitay Introduces Bill to Increase Tax Credit Transparency
11/29/2017
HARRISBURG —Rep. Jason Ortitay (R-Washington/Allegheny) recently introduced legislation requiring state tax credit programs to create annual reports with detailed information.

“Only a few tax credit programs currently produce annual reports,” Ortitay said. “Unfortunately, even these reports do not provide sufficient information for citizens to fully understand where the tax credits are going and for what they are being used. My legislation would require detailed annual reports for every state tax credit program, similar to the PennWATCH database, which allows anyone to see detailed information on state spending and revenue online.”

House Bill 1947 would require each state tax credit program to create an annual report detailing the name of the taxpayer receiving a tax credit, the amount of the tax credit issued or used in that year, the amount of the tax credit outstanding and similar information related to taxpayers which buy or are assigned a tax credit. The reports would then be posted on the respective state agency’s website.

“Transparency in government spending is essential to ensuring tax dollars are used appropriately,” Ortitay added. “This legislation will make it easier to see how tax credits are benefiting the Commonwealth in a number of different areas. In addition, it will allow the public and General Assembly to better evaluate the effectiveness of programs.”

The 46th Legislative District includes Collier and South Fayette townships and Bridgeville, Heidelberg, McDonald and Oakdale boroughs in Allegheny County. It also encompasses Canton, Cecil, Mt. Pleasant, Robinson and Smith townships and Burgettstown, McDonald and Midway boroughs in Washington County.

Representative Jason Ortitay
46th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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