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    Isn't the occupational privilege tax a State law and not a local tax?

    Yesterday I went to pick up my paychecks. The first one I got had the $52 taken out for Occupational Tax which I was expecting. When I picked up my second one I noticed again that $52 was removed for the Occupational Tax.

    I have been under the impression that if one place of employment takes the OPT out, that my secondary place of employment wouldn't remove it.

    My boss at the second place has been aware of my other job, when I went in to talk to him I told him that my first place removed it. He stated that it didn't matter because both of my jobs are in different counties.

    I haven't been able to contact the Capital Tax bureau since they were closed by the time I picked up my checks.

    Is what my Boss stating correct?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyinHawk View Post
    Isn't the occupational privilege tax a State law and not a local tax?

    Yesterday I went to pick up my paychecks. The first one I got had the $52 taken out for Occupational Tax which I was expecting. When I picked up my second one I noticed again that $52 was removed for the Occupational Tax.

    I have been under the impression that if one place of employment takes the OPT out, that my secondary place of employment wouldn't remove it.

    My boss at the second place has been aware of my other job, when I went in to talk to him I told him that my first place removed it. He stated that it didn't matter because both of my jobs are in different counties.

    I haven't been able to contact the Capital Tax bureau since they were closed by the time I picked up my checks.

    Is what my Boss stating correct?
    It appears to be a local tax. It is amazing what governments come up with to separate you from your pay.

    Your boss is right.

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    That's a bummer. Paychecks were bad enough due to all the time off with holidays, deducting that just about killed it.

    Hope it goes towards something good.

    Thanks for the answer, I appreciate it.

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    Well, for starters you are no longer paying an occupation privilege tax. You see the state of PA has once again found a way to seperate you from your hard earned cash by changing (re-naming) the OPT tax to the Emergency and Munincipal Services tax. It is allegedly for police service, roadwork emt's etc. But in reality it is just a sneaky way to tax a tax that maxed out at 10 usd a year and bump it right up to 52 a year and is something that you can now certainly pay double on depending on you guessed it, where you work. I've been in PA for roughly 10 years now. And between the corrupt government the judge taking kickbacks and getting his face (and ours) plastered to CNN it's a ****in embarrasment. This whole state reeks of filth to me.

    EDIT: Here is something to take a gander at. http://www.democraticunderground.com...dress=175x2719
    it gives a quick rundown on the change (which has been in place for some time now btw)

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    This post is over 5 months old, so I'm sure the question has been resolved by now.

    Having said that, however, the (now it's called) LST is not required in every jurisidiction. In addition, it's now not a one-time deduction; it must be pro-rated based on pay frequency if the amount is $52/yr (smaller amounts may still be deducted as a one-time amount). Plus, employers should be asking new employees if and how much LST they have had deducted this calendar year. Even if the previous deductions are in another jurisdiction, the employee can't be required to pay any more than $52/yr (or the amount in the current jurisdiction).
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