Pennsylvania Assesses Penalties on Unpaid Amnesty-Eligible Taxes

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will start mailing penalty assessments to taxpayers who were eligible for the 2017 tax amnesty program but failed to participate.

Nonparticipants Subject to 5% Penalty

Individuals and businesses that did not participate in the amnesty program are subject to a 5% penalty on unpaid amounts that were eligible for the program.

Program Allowed Waiver of Penalties and Half of Interest

The 2017 tax amnesty program allowed taxpayers to pay past-due state taxes and have all of the penalties and half of the interest on those taxes waived. The program was launched on April 21, 2017, and ended on June 19, 2017.

The news release announcing the mailing of penalty assessments is available on the department’s website at

News Release, Pennsylvania Department of Revenue, January 8, 2018

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