Petri Asks N.J. Governor to Meet Over Tax Reciprocity Agreement
RICHBORO – In a letter to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie today, state Rep. Scott Petri (R-Bucks) has formally requested a meeting between the neighboring state’s governor and members of the Bucks County legislative delegation, school directors and township and municipal officials in order to address the ongoing tax reciprocity issue.
“I believe that a dialogue between you and Bucks County elected officials is imperative so we can share with you the unintended consequences of this decision,” Petri wrote. “It is not an overstatement to say that the loss of the credit from payment of New Jersey state income tax by Pennsylvania residents working in New Jersey will result in the loss of millions of dollars to Bucks County municipalities and school districts.
“Many constituents have called me about having to pay more in taxes because of the governor’s decision. I have also had discussions with local elected officials about the negative impact the governor’s revocation of reciprocity will have on their budgets,” Petri added. “My colleagues and I want to meet with the governor to ensure that he understands the harm this decision has on us collectively. It is our hope that he changes his mind. Any major change such as the one imposed by Gov. Christie needs to be viewed from all sides.”
Earlier this fall, Christie decided to end the tax reciprocity agreement between Pennsylvania and New Jersey that allows residents in their respective states to pay income taxes in the states where they reside. If Christie does not reverse his decision, Pennsylvania residents working in New Jersey, and vice versa, will owe income taxes in the state where they work, leading to tax credit and payment confusion for taxpayers, residents, tax collectors and state and local governments.
A copy of Petri’s letter
, along with a letter from the Bucks County delegation dated July 2016, are here
Representative Scott Petri
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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