Borough of New Britain, PA
Bucks County
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[Adopted 11-14-1989 by Ord. No. 234]
This article shall be known as the "Earned Income Tax Ordinance" of New Britain Borough, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, hereinafter called "Borough."
This article is enacted and adopted under and by virtue of the authority of the Act of December 31, 1965, P.L. 1257, effective January 1, 1966, "The Local Tax Enabling Act," and the provisions of Section 13 and 14 thereof (53 P.S. §§ 6913[1] and 6914), its supplements and amendments, are incorporated herein by reference except that, where options are provided in Sections 13 and 14, this article designates the options selected.
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Editor's Note: 53 P.S. § 6913 was repealed by 2008, Act. 32, effective 6-30-2012.
A tax for general revenue purposes in the amount of 1% is hereby imposed on earned income, including, inter alia, salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, incentive payments, fees, tips and other compensation received by residents of the Borough, and on earned income, including inter alia, salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, incentive payments, fees, tips and other compensation received by nonresidents of the Borough for work done or services performed or rendered in the Borough, and on the net profits received from businesses, professions or other activities conducted by residents of the Borough, and the net profits received from businesses, professions or other activities conducted in the Borough by nonresidents of the Borough, beginning January 1, 1990, and continuing for each succeeding year.
A. 
Net profits.
(1) 
For 1990: Every taxpayer making net profits shall, on or before April 15, 1990, make and file with the Officer on a form prescribed or approved by the Officer, a declaration of his estimated net profits during the period beginning January 1, 1990, and ending December 31, 1990, and pay to the Officer the tax due thereon and, on or before April 15, 1991, shall file a final return showing the amount of net profits received during the period beginning January 1, 1990, and ending December 31, 1990; the total amount of tax due thereon, and the total amount of tax paid thereon. At the time of filing the final return, the taxpayer shall pay to the Officer the balance of tax due or shall make demand for refund or credit in the case of overpayment.
(2) 
After 1990: Every taxpayer making net profits in any year succeeding 1990 shall, on or before April 15 of the current year, make and file with the Officer a declaration of his estimated net profits for the current year, and pay to the Officer the tax due thereon in four equal quarterly installments, all as provided in Section 13(III)(A)(1)(ii) of The Local Tax Enabling Act, as amended, and Section 13(III)(A)(2) and (3), where applicable. On or before April 15 of the year following every current year, every taxpayer shall file a final return showing the amount of net profits received during the current year, the total tax due thereon and the total tax paid. At the time of filing the final return, the taxpayer shall pay to the Officer the balance of tax due or shall make demand for refund or credit in the case of overpayment.
B. 
Earned income.
(1) 
For 1990: Every taxpayer shall, on or before April 15, 1991, make and file with the Officer a final return showing the amount of earned income including, inter alia, salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, incentive payments, fees, tips and compensation (other than net profits) received during the period beginning January 1, 1990, and ending December 31, 1990; the total tax due thereon, the amount of tax paid thereon that has been withheld pursuant to the provisions relating to collection at the source, and the balance of the tax due. At the time of filing said final return, the taxpayer shall pay the balance of the tax due, or shall make demand for refund or credit in the case of overpayment.
(2) 
After 1990: For the years succeeding the year 1990, every taxpayer shall make and file final returns and pay the taxes due, all as provided in Section 13(III)(B)(1) of The Local Tax Enabling Act, as amended.
(3) 
Quarterly returns. Every taxpayer who is employed for a salary, wage or other compensation and who received any earned income not subject to the provisions relating to collection at source shall make and file with the Officer quarterly returns and shall pay quarter-annually the amount of tax shown as due on such returns, all as provided in Section 13(III)(B)(2) of The Local Tax Enabling Act, as amended.
A. 
Every employer having an office, factory, workshop, branch, warehouse or other place of business within the corporate limits of the Borough who employs one or more persons, other than domestic servants, for a salary, wage, commission or other compensation, who has not previously registered, shall within 15 days after becoming an employer register with the Officer his name and address and such other information as the Officer may require.
B. 
Quarterly returns.
(1) 
Every employer having an office, factory, workshop, branch, warehouse or other place of business within the corporate limits of the Borough who employees one or more persons, other than domestic servants, for a salary, wage, commission, or other compensation shall deduct at the time of payment thereof the tax imposed by this article on the earned income due to his employee or employees and shall, on or before April 30 of the current year, July 31 of the current year, October 31 of the current year, and January 31 of the succeeding year, file a return and pay to the Officer the amount of taxes deducted during the preceding three-month periods ending March 31 of the current year, June 30 of the current year, September 30 of the current year, and December 31 of the current year, respectively. Such return, unless otherwise agreed upon between the Officer and employer, shall show the name and social security number of each such employee, the earned income of such employee during such preceding three-month period, the tax deducted therefrom, the political subdivisions imposing the tax upon such employee, the total earned income of all such employees during such preceding three-month period, and the total tax deducted therefrom and paid with the return.
(2) 
Any employer who for two of the preceding four quarterly periods has failed to deduct the proper tax, or any part thereof, or has failed to pay over the proper amount of tax to the Borough may be required by the Officer to file his return and pay the tax monthly. In such cases, payments of tax shall be made to the Officer on or before the last day of the month succeeding the month for which the tax was withheld.
C. 
On or before February 28, 1991, and in succeeding years, every employer shall file with the Officer:
(1) 
An annual return showing the total amount of earned income paid, the total amount of tax deducted and the total amount of tax paid to the Officer for the period beginning January 1, 1990, and ending December 31, 1990, or the current year.
(2) 
A return withholding statement for each employee employed during all or any part of the period beginning January 1 of the current year and ending December 31 of the current year, setting forth the employee's name, address and social security number, the amount of earned income paid to the employee during said period, the amount of tax deducted, the political subdivisions imposing the tax upon such employee, and the amount of tax paid to the Officer. Every employer shall furnish two copies of the individual return to the employee for whom it is filed.
D. 
Every employer who discontinues business prior to December 31 of the current year shall within 30 days after discontinuance of business file returns and withholding statements hereinabove required and pay the tax due.
E. 
Except as otherwise provided in § 397-12 of this article, every employer who wilfully or negligently fails or omits to make the deductions required by this section shall be liable for payment of the taxes which he was required to withhold to the extent that such taxes have not been recovered from the employee.
F. 
The failure or omission of any employer to make the deductions required by this section shall not relieve any employee from the payment of the tax or from complying with the requirements of the article relating to the filing of declarations and returns.
The Income Tax Officer shall be selected from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council and shall receive such compensation for his services and expenses as determined from time to time by the Borough Council. Such Officer shall have the powers and duties and be subject to the penalties provided in The Local Tax Enabling Act, its supplements and amendments.
The tax imposed in § 397-6 of this article shall not be levied on the net profits of any person, institution or organization as to whom it is beyond the power of the Borough Council to impose said tax under the Constitution of the United States of America or the Constitution and laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
A. 
Payments of any tax on income to any state other than Pennsylvania or to any political subdivision thereof by residents thereof pursuant to any state or local law, to the extent that such income includes salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, incentive payments, fees, tips and other compensation or net profits of businesses, professions or other activities, but in such proportions as hereinafter set forth, shall be credited to and allowed as a deduction from the liability of such person for the tax imposed by this article on salaries, wages, commissions, bonuses, incentive payments, fees, tips and other compensation or net profits of businesses, professions or other activities, if residents of the Borough receive credits and deductions of a similar kind to a like degree from the tax on income imposed by the other state or political subdivision thereof.
B. 
Where a credit or a deduction is allowable, it shall be allowed in proportion to the concurrent periods for which taxes are imposed by the other state or respective political subdivisions, but not in excess of the amount previously paid for a concurrent period.
Enforcement and penalties for the nonpayment of any tax imposed hereunder may be pursued and imposed by the Borough as authorized in the Local Tax Enabling Act, Section 13(VII), (VIII) and (IX).