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'
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 this." 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. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X82810716
SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
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