Senate Approves Tax Reform Measure for Small Business Employers

HARRISBURG—Today the Senate approved legislation authored by Senator John DiSanto (Dauphin/Perry) to advance small business tax reform that will help move Pennsylvania out of a pandemic economy and create jobs for Pennsylvanians.

Senate Bill 347 eliminates a disadvantage faced by Pennsylvania small businesses when competing with those in other states. Under federal tax law, a “like-kind” exchange under the Internal Revenue Code allows for tax deferral when property is exchanged for similar property. This long-standing federal provision allows employers to invest in the job-creating assets businesses need to remain competitive. Every state but Pennsylvania provides for a similar deferral on the state level.

“My legislation levels the playing field for small businesses looking to expand or even relocate in our Commonwealth,” DiSanto said. “Like-kind exchange treatment can be a deciding factor for real estate transactions, and my bill will improve Pennsylvania’s business climate to encourage economic growth and job creation.”

The bill will now be sent to the House of Representatives for consideration. It is part of a Small Business Tax Reform Package to help employers recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and mandated shutdowns. Small businesses create 65% of the jobs in the commonwealth.

The Senate previously passed Senate Bill 349 to bring state tax law governing expense deductions in line with federal law, eliminating the unequal treatment of small businesses in Pennsylvania. The increase in limits makes it easier for employers to buy equipment and to invest, which promotes job growth.

 

CONTACT: Chuck Erdman cerdman@pasen.gov (717) 787-6801