Barrar Calls Gov. Wolf to Sign Bill Exempting Military from Earned Income Tax
HARRISBURG – State Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, commends the Senate for unanimously passing legislation this week to benefit military personnel. As the House passed the bill in June 2015, it will now be presented to the governor for his signature.

House Bill 561 would amend the Local Tax Enabling Act of 1965 to exempt wages or compensation paid to individuals on active duty military service from the Earned Income Tax (EIT), regardless of whether it is earned for service within the borders of the Commonwealth or not.

“Our military professionals are top contributors to our communities. The passage of House Bill 561 into law would provide our active duty military with a well-deserved tax incentive and express the appreciation of our Commonwealth citizenry, and further demonstrate that Pennsylvania is a military-friendly state,” Barrar explained.

Currently, all active duty military pay is taxable as earned income unless it is received from the United States Government for active duty outside Pennsylvania or for active state duty for emergency, regardless of location.

“The Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee continues to review legislation aimed at enhancing the lives of our armed forces,” Barrar said. “I thank Rep. Rob Kauffman, of Franklin County, for drafting this important legislation.”

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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