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Latest News

NEW! April 16, 2014 Update. URGENT ACTION ITEM. A vote is coming and your help is needed now! Details are here.

December 17, 2013 Update. Major supporters join the effort in a big way; a remarkable SB 76 Senate hearing. Details are here.

October 11, 2013 Update. Deceit and lies in the PA House of Representatives; we're still fighting; a GREAT day! Details are here.

NEW! What is your potential school property tax increase for 2014? The 2014-2015 Act 1 index is here.

Your home's equity is being stolen! How property taxes are reducing your home's value. Click here.

The brutality of tax eviction! A deputy sheriff speaks out. Click here.







* ACTION ITEM *
The Real Faces of the Issue. Click here.

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Features

Personal Property Tax Independence Act Tax Calculator
Excel calculator to see your tax savings under the provisions ofThe Property Tax Independence Act. Now includes calculations for Philadelphia property tax reduction!

The Property Tax Independence Act Petitions
Sign an individual petition to demonstrate your approval of the The Property Tax Independence Act or distribute a multi-signature petition to really gather support! Print extra copies for your friends, family, and neighbors so they can help, too! Download the petitions as PDF files here.

Why school property taxes need to be eliminated!
Two excellent essays on the fallacy of property taxes for education funding.

 



The PTCC and PCTA support the enactment of

House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 76, The Property Tax Independence Act



Please Sign the Petition!

There's an online petition on Change.org supporting SB 76, the Property Tax Independence Act, that will be sent to all members of the Pennsylvania Senate to request their support. Please take two minutes to add your name and then send the link to everyone in your Pennsylvania email address book. Your help is needed now! Click here to sign the petition.

 




Everything you need to know about Pennsylvania's property tax problem
and the Property Tax Independence Act solution can now be found in this YouTube video.

Please take a few minutes to watch this informative video about school property tax
elimination and replacement, then share it with every Pennsylvania homeowner in your address book.

 

 



NEW! Opponents of the Property Tax Independence Act say the October 1
Independent Fiscal Office study of HB/SB 76 proves that "the numbers don't work."
The truth is
here.



Which Pennsylvania Lawmakers care about the homeowners of Pennsylvania?
Who is working for you?

The current list of HB 76 and SB 76 Co-sponsors is here.



How to ELIMINATE school property taxes!

House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 76, The Property Tax Independence Act, is legislation that will forever ELIMINATE the antiquated and inequitable school property tax. The Property Tax Independence Act was crafted by members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly in full collaboration with the 76 member groups of the nonpartisan grassroots Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations. The Property Tax Independence Act belongs to the people; it is unique in that it is OUR legislation in a state that does not allow for citizen initiatives. The Property Tax Independence Act has many lawmaker proponents from both parties and enthusiastic grassroots supporters from across the entire political spectrum. We as taxpayer activists have accomplished what the politicians in both Washington and Harrisburg have been unable to do – work across party lines to reach a solution to a critical problem.

- The Property Tax Independence Act will eliminate school property taxes across the Commonwealth and will replace those taxes with funding from a single state source.

- The Property Tax Independence Act introduces a modernized school funding method that is based on 21st century economic realities.

- The Property Tax Independence Act utilizes in great measure our current sales tax mechanism to fund schools, restoring the original intent of the tax.

- The sales tax provides a predictable and stable funding source that is tied to economic growth. This is in clear contrast to the school property tax which is not based on economic growth and is subject to much variation.

- Current school spending regularly exceeds tax revenue and The Property Tax Independence Act addresses this problem head-on by limiting school budget increases to the rate of inflation.

Read all of the details of The Property Tax Independence Act here.

See how much you can save on your total taxes through the enactment of The Property Tax Independence Act. Our exclusive Property Tax Independence Act Excel calculator is here.



The real faces of the school property tax issue

Here, in their own words, are the real-life stories of Pennsylvania families of all ages and areas of the state who are finding it increasingly difficult to withstand the oppressive economic hardship imposed by relentlessly increasing school property taxes.

These true accounts were submitted by PTCC and PCTA subscribers who volunteered to tell their stories. Their hopes are twofold: that Pennsylvania lawmakers will read their words and finally understand the hardship imposed by this inequitable, archaic tax and that they will act quickly to eliminate this unnecessary burden that is diminishing the quality of life for Pennsylvania homeowners.

Click on the photo to read their stories.

 



PTCC Quick Facts


WHAT is the PTCC?

The PTCC is the Pennsylvania Taxpayers Cyber Coalition, a free subscription-based nonpartisan statewide E-mail list and website that serves as a taxpayer advocacy group for those who have no local group available to them. This list represents a virtual community of thousands of taxpayers from throughout Pennsylvania who are concerned with school property tax and education finance reform.


WHY does the PTCC exist?

School property and nuisance taxes are out of control and are draining the lifeblood of Pennsylvania residents. Pennsylvania school boards cannot continue to annually raise taxes by greater than the rate of inflation before homeowners can no longer afford to pay. This situation is a train wreck waiting to happen, and if something is not done quickly to resolve the problem the entire system will crash in a very short time.


WHAT are the PTCC goals?

The PTCC and our statewide nonpartisan grassroots umbrella group, the Pennsylvania Coalition of Taxpayer Associations (PCTA), are dedicated, through legislative reform, to eliminating school property taxes for all Pennsylvanians and to the equitable funding of all Pennsylvania schools from a broad-based, statewide funding source. Such a source would ultimately equalize disparities between wealthy and poorer school districts, ensuring a quality education for all Pennsylvania schoolchildren. The PTCC is a supporter of House Bill 76 and Senate Bill 76, The Property Tax Independence Act, a property tax elimination proposal that will abolish all school property taxes and provide equitable funding for all Pennsylvania schools.


WHAT can I do to help?

Please take time to explore this site to learn more about the issues, the PTCC’s objectives, and pending tax reform legislation. Join the free PTCC e-mail list to receive updates, spread the word to your friends and relatives about this movement and urge them to join this group, and help with occasional action items to keep the momentum alive. In a grassroots movement such as this, EVERY person counts! Please join in this vital mission to achieve true education finance reform for all Pennsylvania taxpayers and schoolchildren.


WHY should I join the free PTCC e-mail updates list?

If you're happy receiving your information from this web page, that's great! We hope that you'll check back often for updates. But by joining the list you'll receive updates and action items more quickly, and we'll be able to keep a more accurate count of supporters when demanding legislative action. We'd really like to have you as a subscriber. And, of course, your e-mail address will always remain strictly confidential.