Information about Proposed Property Tax Elimination Bill

In the upcoming weeks, it is likely that the Pennsylvania State Senate will propose a bill (SB76) that would eliminate the school property tax and replace it with an expanded sales tax and a higher income tax. Once all of the implications and exceptions are taken into account, this may not benefit taxpayers from the Cranberry Area School District. Please use the calculator provided below to see if eliminating the property taxes would reduce the total taxes you pay. Be sure to check the list below to see what items and services would have a sales tax under the proposed bill.

Property Tax Independence Act Facts

Proposed Tax Change Calculator

Newly Taxable Goods

  • Food (Items not on WIC food list)
  • Candy and gum
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Storage
  • Newspapers
  • Bad debts
  • Magazines
  • UCC filing fees
  • Clothing and footwear (individual items $50 and higher)
  • Call center tax credit Non prescription drugs
  • Rental of films for commercial exhibition
  • Airline catering
  • Investment metal bullion and investment coins
  • Charges for returnable containers
  • Catalogs and direct mail advertising
  • Caskets and burial vaults
  • Construction of memorials
  • Flags
  • Horses
  • Hotel permanent resident
  • Textbooks
  • Liquor or malt beverage purchased from retail dispenser
  • Coin-operated food and beverage vending machines
  • Commission – SUT collectors (capped at $250/month

Newly Taxable Services

  • Personal Services:
    • Dry cleaning and laundry services
    • Personal care services
    • Funeral parlors, crematories, and death care services
    • All other personal services
  • Recreation Services:
    • Spectator sports admissions (excludes schools)
    • Theater, dance, music and performing arts
    • Amusement and recreation industries
    • Museums, historical sites, zoos and parks
  • Transportation Services:
    • Transit and ground transportation
    • Air transportation
    • Truck transportation
    • Other transportation
  • Professional Services:
    • Legal (except business-to-business, domestic relations matters and criminal defense matters)
    • Architectural, engineering and related services (except business-to-business)
    • Accounting, auditing and bookkeeping services (except business-to-business)
    • Specialized design (except business-to-business)
    • All other professional and technical services (except business-to-business)
  • Miscellaneous Services:
    • Basic TV
    • Veterinary fees (except business-to-business,)
    • Finance and insurance
    • Waste management and remediation
    • Recreational parks, camps & campgrounds
    • Custom programming, design and data processing (except business-to-business),
    • Parking lots and garages