3 Days Remaining in `Tax Free PC Plus' Week

Pennsylvania DCED Secretary Points to High-Tech Tax Holiday as a Way

To Help Close the `Digital Divide'

Feb 22, 2002, 00:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

    HARRISBURG, Pa., Feb. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- On behalf of Pennsylvania Gov.
 Mark Schweiker, Community and Economic Development Secretary Sam McCullough
 today reminded Pennsylvanians that there are three days remaining to purchase
 home computers and other accessories tax-free during the state's popular "Tax
 Free PC Plus" week, which ends Sunday, Feb. 24.
     "With the return of the overwhelmingly popular `Tax Free PC Plus' week,
 our fourth personal computer tax-free holiday, Pennsylvania continues to pave
 a path to a stronger, more marketable workforce," Secretary McCullough said.
 "This is the perfect opportunity to jump on the information superhighway,
 develop your computer skills, and join in Pennsylvania's effort to diminish
 the 'digital divide.'
     "I encourage Pennsylvanians who have thought about buying a home computer
 or accessories, and especially those who never imagined buying these items for
 their home, to take advantage of 'Tax Free PC Plus' during the final weekend."
     Shoppers can purchase a home computer for non-business use without paying
 the state's 6 percent sales tax, and the additional 1 percent in Philadelphia
 and Allegheny counties.
     The 'Plus' means shoppers also can purchase computer accessories such as
 peripheral devices, or Internet access devices such as WebTV to get on the
 Internet, all tax-free.
     Pennsylvania was the first state in the nation to offer "Tax-Free PC"
 holidays.  During previous tax-free weeks, the number of personal computer
 purchases soared to more than double normal sales, according to retailers.
     "Enhancing computer skills will enhance Pennsylvania's workforce, which
 will ultimately create a stronger economy and better quality of life,"
 Secretary McCullough said.  "Our goal is to help provide more families with
 access to computers at home.  'Tax-Free PC Plus' week is designed to achieve
     During the eight-day sales-tax holiday, consumers can buy a personal
 computer (PC) for their home from any retail outlet in Pennsylvania, through
 the mail, or over the Internet, and pay no sales tax on the computer.  As long
 as the computer is for personal use and is ordered and paid for during the
 sales-tax holiday -- even if the PC is delivered later -- the computer is
 still tax-free.  The sales-tax waiver also applies to software, a printer and
 other equipment purchased at the time.  Scanners, printers, modems and other
 equipment also qualify for the tax exemption and do not have to be purchased
 at the same time as the PC.  Software purchased separately from any of the
 above items will remain taxable.
     In addition to launching the nation's first-ever "Tax-Free PC" shopping
 week to encourage home computer use, the Ridge-Schweiker Administration has
 made technology a key component of Pennsylvania's economic-development efforts
 by such measures as: signing legislation to make Pennsylvania the first state
 to enact a uniform Electronic Transactions Act; eliminating the 6 percent
 sales tax on computer services; creating the research-and-development tax
 credit; putting the state's Web address on Pennsylvania's license plates;
 leading technology trade missions abroad to increase high-tech exports and
 high-tech jobs for Pennsylvania; launching the Technology 21 initiative to
 catapult Pennsylvania into the top 10 states for high-tech business; creating
 the "Made-in-PA" database of Pennsylvania-made products; and PLUS' expanding
 the Net Operating Loss carry-forward provision to give technology startups a
 tax deduction.
     For a complete listing of what is a qualified purchase during "Tax-Free PC
 Plus," visit the PA PowerPort at www.state.pa.us, PA Keyword: "taxfreepc."
     CONTACT:  Megan Miller of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and
 Economic Development, +1-717-783-1132.
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