If your neighbor fails to pay the taxes on his house, is he absolved of any further obligation to maintain it? Logically, he should be responsible as long as he holds title. However, the law says otherwise because of a 16-year-old Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court decision. But that rule may soon change. In 2002, the Commonwealth…

I gave a report at the last Pleasant Valley School District meeting on Thursday about how the new tax law changed 529 plans and could affect Pennsylvania School Districts. How this will play out is not yet known but it is something to watch. When Congress passed the most recent tax package, it expanded the…

Judicial Review of a Broken Funding Scheme On September 28, 2017, in William Penn School District v. Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court decided it had the authority and duty to decide whether Pennsylvania’s school funding scheme is so broken it violates the Pennsylvania constitution. The case was first dismissed by the Commonwealth Court as posing…

The Dilemma of Non-Uniform Tax Assessments The only thing certain for Pennsylvanians, at least in 2017, is death and real estate taxes. This adaptation of a famous quote was attributed to one of our greatest Pennsylvania residents, Benjamin Franklin. Amid efforts to entirely eliminate real estate taxes, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court just addressed the issue…