Below is a message from the Industry Council for Tangible Assets pertaining to proposed sales tax regulations in Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, March 3, 2015, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf introduced his  2015-16 proposed budget plan. To help pay for the budget, the governor would raise the sales tax from 6% to 6.6%, and he would greatly increase the number of services and items, including investment metal bullion and investment coins, that would no longer be tax exempt.

Since the governor's announcement, the Industry Council for Tangible Assets has launched a strategy to oppose the inclusion of investment metal bullion and investment coins in the items targeted by the governor's budget for sales tax exemption repeal.

NOW IS THE TIME FOR PENNSYLVANIA NUMISMATISTS TO CONTACT THEIR STATE REPRESENTATIVE AND STATE SENATOR.

If you don't know who they are, you can get their names and contact information at Find Your Legislator. Select By Address, By County, or By Map and the site will generate a report with a link to their contact information. Send the message to BOTH your state representative and your state senator.

Below is an outline that might be helpful in drafting a message for a letter, email or a phone call. These are suggestions only; you should tailor the message to your own situation.

1.      Tell them who you are:

  • Identify yourself and your business, using your physical address.
  • Report the length of time you've done in business in Pennsylvania.
  • Provide your contact information in case the legislators wish to respond.

2.      Tell them why you are contacting them.

  • Ask them not to support Governor Wolf's 2015-16 proposed budget plan, which includes investment metal bullion and investment coins in the items targeted for sales-tax exemption repeal. 
Download "Sample Letter to Pennsylvania Legislator."

Download "Pennsylvania Sales Tax Exemption Creates Revenue."

PLEASE SEND A COPY of any message you send and any reply you receive to The Industry Council for Tangible Assets at icta@ictaonline.org.

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