Pennsylvania State Income Tax - Tax Year 2012
Pennsylvania Income Tax Table
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Note: Pennsylvania's income tax has a single flat tax rate for all income.
The Pennsylvania Income Tax
Pennsylvania has a flat income tax rate of 3.00% of gross income, unlike the federal income tax which uses tax brackets based on marginal income. Notably, Pennsylvania has the lowest maximum marginal tax rate in the United States.
Like 14 other states, Pennsylvania allows cities and other localities to collect a local income tax in addition to the Pennsylvania Income Tax. The average income tax rate for counties and large municipalities, weighted by total personal income within each jurisdiction is 1.25%. There are -35 days left until Tax Day, on April 15th 2013.
Pennsylvania Tax Deductions
Income tax deductions are expenses that can be deducted from your gross pre-tax income. Using deductions is an excellent way to reduce your Pennsylvania income tax and maximize your refund, so be sure to research deductions that you mey be able to claim on your Federal and Pennsylvania tax returns. For details on specific deductions available in Pennsylvania, see the list of Pennsylvania income tax deductions.
- Unlike many other states, Pennsylvania has no standard deduction. Certain itemized deductions (including property tax, qualified charitable contributions, etc) may be allowed depending on the income level and filing type of the taxpayer. Keep in mind that not all deductions allowed on your federal income tax return are necessarily going to be allowed on your Pennsylvania income tax return.
- Pennsylvania has no personal exemption. The Federal Income Tax, however, does allow a personal exemption to be deducted from your gross income if you are responsible for supporting yourself financially.
- Unlike most states, Pennsylvania does not have a dependent deduction. You can, however, claim dependent deductions on your Federal Tax Return.
- Unlike the Federal income tax, the Pennsylvania income tax does not allow itemized deductions. You may claim the Pennsylvania standard deduction if applicable, and specific deductions may be available to Pennsylvania taxpayers as limited deductions or tax credits.
Pennsylvania Income Tax Forms
How To File Your Pennsylvania Income Tax Return
Where To Send Your Pennsylvania Tax Return
Income tax Extensions of Time to File
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Bureau of Individual Taxes PO Box 280504 Harrisburg, PA 17128-0504
Income Tax Returns (No Payment and No Refund)
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue No Payment/No Refund 2 Revenue Place Harrisburg, PA 17129-0002
Income Tax Returns (Payment Enclosed)
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Payment Enclosed 1 Revenue Place Harrisburg, PA 17129-0001
Income Tax Returns (Refund Requested)
Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Refund/Credit Requested 3 Revenua Place Harrisburg, PA 17129-0003
e-Filing: Submit Your Pennsylvania Tax Return Online
You can save time and money by electronically filing your Pennsylvania income tax directly with the Department of Revenue . Benefits of e-Filing your Pennsylvania tax return include instant submission, error checking, and faster refund response times. Most tax preparers can electronically file your return for you, or you can do it yourself using free or paid income tax software, like the examples listed below.
To e-file your Pennsylvania and Federal income tax returns, you need a piece of tax software that is certified for eFile by the IRS. While most in-depth tax software charges a fee, there are several free options available through the states, and simple versions are also offered free of charge by most tax software companies.
The two most popular tax software packages are H&R Block At Home, sold by the H&R Block tax preparation company, and TurboTax Federal & State, sold by the Intuit software company. Both companies produce multiple editions for simple to very complex tax returns, so be sure to carefully compare the features offered by each package.
Getting Your Pennsylvania Tax Refund
If your state tax witholdings are greater then the amount of income tax you owe the state of Pennsylvania, you will receive an income tax refund check from the government to make up the difference.
It should take one to three weeks for your refund check to be processed after your income tax return is recieved. E-filing your return and filing early can help ensure your refund check gets sent as quickly as possible.
Once you've filed your tax return, all you have to do is wait for your refund to arrive. If you want to check the status of your Pennsylvania tax refund, you can visit the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Income Tax Refund page.
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- Our state ranking and income tax figures are based on a family of four (married parents with two children) earning the national median household income of $50,000 per year. Deductions and personal exemptions are taken into account, but some state-specific deductions and tax credit programs may not be accounted for.
- Before the official 2013 Pennsylvania income tax rates are released, provisional 2013 tax rates are based on Pennsylvania's 2012 income tax brackets.
- The 2013 state personal income tax brackets are updated from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and Tax Foundation data.
- Pennsylvania tax forms are sourced from the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue income tax forms page, and are updated on a yearly basis. Please make sure the Pennsylvania forms you are using are up-to-date.