Township of Collier, PA
Allegheny County
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[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
1. 
It is the obligation of all taxpayers to file all tax returns and pay all taxes to which they are subject. However, when Collier Township determines that a required return has not been filed or that a liability has not been paid, it has certain rights prescribed by law that set forth how it may enforce a taxpayer's obligation. In conjunction with these rights Collier Township must now comply with a Taxpayer's Bill of Rights which provides certain legal rights on behalf of the taxpayer, and creates obligations for Collier Township, so that equity and fairness control how these requirements are enforced.
2. 
Accordingly, the following Taxpayers Bill of Rights is adopted by Collier Township in accordance with Act 50 of 1998, 53 Pa.C.S.A. § 8421 et seq., which is incorporated into this Part by reference as through it were set forth in detail. This Part applies to all eligible taxes levied by Collier Township.
3. 
Eligible taxes include any per capita tax; occupation; occupation assessment or occupation privilege taxes; taxes on income and net profits; business gross receipt taxes; any tax on a privilege; amusement taxes; realty transfer taxes; and any other tax authorized by the Local Tax Enabling Act, 53 P.S. § 6901 et seq.
4. 
This Bill of Rights does not apply to real estate taxes except for the provisions relating to interest on refunds.
5. 
The following eligible taxes are levied by Collier Township and are set forth in the Code of Ordinances of the Township of Collier:
A. 
Realty Transfer Tax, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 24, Part 1.
B. 
Business Privilege Tax, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 24, Part 5.
C. 
Admission Tax, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 24, Part 4.
D. 
Mercantile Tax, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 24, Part 6.
E. 
Emergency and Municipal Services Tax, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 24, Part 3.
F. 
Earned Income Tax, Code of Ordinances, Chapter 24, Part 2.
6. 
The Board of Commissioners creates and adopts the following procedures, duties and responsibilities and time limits.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
1. 
Taxpayers shall have a minimum of 30 calendar days from the mailing date to respond to requests for information from Collier Township.
2. 
Upon a written application for a reasonable extension of time to respond to a request for information, Collier Township shall grant an extension for good cause. Collier Township will notify the taxpayer of the procedure to obtain an extension in the initial request for information and provide the taxpayer with an extension form at the time of the mailing of the request for information referred to above.
3. 
No action will be taken for the tax year in question until expiration of the response period including any extension of time.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
1. 
When making an initial inquiry about an eligible tax, Collier Township may include taxes required to be paid or tax returns required to be filed no more than three years prior to the mailing date of the notice.
2. 
A subsequent request for supporting information may be made if Collier Township determines that the taxpayer failed to file a return, under reported income or failed to pay a tax for one or more of the tax periods covered by the initial request.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
A taxpayer may be required to provide copies of taxpayer's federal individual income tax return when Collier Township can show that the federal tax information is reasonably necessary for the enforcement or collection of an eligible tax and the information is not available from other sources or the Department of Revenue of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
1. 
A taxpayer may file a written request for a refund or credit of an eligible tax with Collier Township. The request shall be filed within three years of the due date for filing the report (as extended) or one year after actual payment of the eligible tax, whichever is later.
2. 
If no report is required, the written request shall be made within three years after the due date for payment of the eligible tax or within one year after actual payment of the eligible tax, whichever is later.
3. 
A tax return filed with Collier Township showing an overpayment of the tax shall be deemed to be a written request for a cash refund unless otherwise indicated on the tax return.
4. 
Such a request is not to be considered a petition for an administrative appeal nor to preclude a taxpayer from filing a petition for an administrative appeal.
5. 
Where a taxpayer has been notified of an underpayment of an eligible tax and has paid an amount as a result of that notification, a written request for refund shall be filed with Collier Township within one year of the date of the payment.
6. 
This refund process is separate and apart from the petition for administrative appeal process and each taxpayer shall utilize a Township Refund Form TBR-7 (1998), as revised from time to time.
7. 
With certain exceptions, interest on overpayments will bear simple interest from the date of overpayment until the date of resolution. The interest rate will be determined in accordance with state law (simple interest at the same rate as the Commonwealth is required to pay pursuant to § 806.1 of the Fiscal Code, 71 P.S. § 806.1. The Commonwealth establishes the rate annually and it is the same rate established by the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States under the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, 26 U.S.C. § 662 et seq.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
1. 
Collier Township shall notify the taxpayer in writing of the basis for any underpayment of tax. This notice will include:
A. 
The tax period for which the underpayment is asserted.
B. 
The amount of the underpayment by tax period.
C. 
The legal basis for the underpayment.
D. 
An itemization of the revisions made by Collier Township to a return or report filed that results in the determination of an underpayment.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
1. 
Taxpayers Appeal Petitions.
A. 
To appeal an assessment determination or refund of an eligible tax, the taxpayer must file a petition for administrative appeal with the 511 Tax Collector for Collier Township. All petitions shall be mailed to or delivered to:
511 Tax Collector
Collier Township
2418 Hilltop Road
Presto, PA 15142
B. 
Procedures as to the form and content of petitions, as well as practice and procedure for tax appeals may be obtained in person, or by mailing a request to the above address, or by calling the office of the 511 Tax Collector for Collier Township at 412-276-5277 during the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
C. 
Deadline for Filing Petitions:
(1) 
Refund petitions are to be filed within three years after the due date for filing the report (as extended) or one year after actual payment of an eligible tax whichever is later. If no report is required, the petition shall be filed within three years after the due date for payment of an eligible tax or one year after actual payment, whichever is later.
(2) 
Petitions for reassessment of an eligible tax shall be filed within 90 days of the date of the assessment notice.
D. 
A petition for administrative appeal must be in writing and shall include:
(1) 
The name and address of the taxpayer.
(2) 
The tax for which a refund is being requested or which is being appealed (a separate form should be filed for each tax).
(3) 
The reasons for a refund or any objections to the notice of an assessment or underpayment.
(4) 
Any facts supporting the reasons for a refund or objections to an assessment or overpayment.
(5) 
An affidavit of the taxpayer that he/she/they "affirm that the information is true and correct to the best of my/our knowledge, information and belief and I/we further understand that false statements are made subject to the penalties of 18 Pa.C.S.A.§ 4904, relating to unsworn falsification to authorities."
2. 
Administrative Appeals Process.
A. 
This process shall not be governed by the Local Agency Law (2 Pa.C.S.A. Chapter 5, Subchapter B — relating to practice and procedures of local agencies) and 7 Subchapter B (Relating to judicial review of local agency action).
B. 
All forms will be used as noted in the Local Taxpayers Bill of Rights and/or statutes.
C. 
All filings are due when noted in the Local Taxpayers Bill of Rights and/or on the appropriate forms or as noted in the statute.
D. 
A petition for administrative appeal will be considered timely filed if the letter transmitting the petition is postmarked by the United States Postal Service on or before the final day on which the petition is required to be filed. Otherwise, a petition for administrative appeal will be deemed to be filed on the date received in the office of the 511 Tax Collector for Collier Township.
E. 
All appropriate documentation shall be submitted with the relevant form and all forms set forth information that the taxpayers must provide.
F. 
In the absence of agreement of the hearing officer and the taxpayer, no information will be considered that was not presented either with the petition or at the hearing.
G. 
The administrative appeals process shall be as follows:
(1) 
All hearings will be informal in nature and technical rules of evidence will not be applicable, nor will the Local Agency Law. The hearing officer may take testimony under an oath of affirmation.
(2) 
All information provided by the taxpayer prior to the hearing shall be provided to.
(3) 
All hearings will be scheduled by and through the office of the 511 Tax Collector for the Township of Collier.
(4) 
A hearing may be continued upon the request of the taxpayer. If a hearing is continued at the request of a taxpayer, the taxpayer must first agree that the sixty-day period for deciding the petition will not begin to run until the date of the hearing. Should the taxpayer seek and obtain a continuance and not agree to an extension of the sixty-day time period, a decision will be made within the sixty-day period regardless of when or if the hearing was held.
(5) 
Any time extension must be in writing and signed by the taxpayer or the representative of the taxpayer.
(6) 
A hearing notice will be sent to the taxpayer as soon as possible after receipt of the petition.
(7) 
No stenographic record of a hearing will be made unless a party so requesting agrees to pay for the cost of a stenographer and the party's copy of the record.
(8) 
The taxpayer may represent himself/herself or may be represented by another person. A taxpayer may be represented only by a person possessing appropriate education, training or experience to represent taxpayers in tax appeals. A representative need not be an attorney nor a certified public accountant. A taxpayer must authorize a representative in writing.
(9) 
Any information to be sent to the taxpayer may be sent to the authorized representative of the taxpayer and any information or notice shall have the same effect as if given to the taxpayer. Any action taken by the authorized representative shall have the same force and effect as if taken by the taxpayer.
(10) 
At the hearing the taxpayer may present any reasonable evidence of a relatively probative value and shall provide one or more copies of all documentation to the hearing officer. The burden of proof on all issues is on the taxpayer.
(11) 
A taxpayer may present witnesses, as can Collier Township. All witnesses shall be subject to cross-examination.
(12) 
A petition will not be considered as filed for purposes of tolling the sixty-day period within which Collier Township must act until a complete and accurate petition has been received by Collier Township.
(13) 
All decisions shall be in writing and dated.
(14) 
The hearing officer may use any relevant information provided at the hearing or for use at a hearing deemed necessary to make a decision. Where a hearing is not held, a decision will be based on the information provided.
(15) 
All decisions by the hearing officer will be issued within 60 days of receipt (unless waived as noted in Subsection 2G(5)), of complete and accurate petition. Failure to issue a decision within this time period shall result in the petition being approved.
(16) 
All decisions by the hearing officer will contain a written explanation for the granting, in whole or in part, or the denial of an appeal.
(17) 
All decisions will be mailed or sent to the last known address of the taxpayer.
(18) 
All information obtained by the hearing officer and his/her employees or representatives shall be treated as confidential information.
(19) 
Any appeal taken from the decision of the hearing officer shall be filed in the appropriate County Court of Common Pleas within 30 days of receipt of the decision.
3. 
Hearing Officer's Decision.
A. 
The hearing officer shall set a hearing date for an appeal which shall not be sooner than 10 days after receipt of the petition nor later than 30 days after receipt of the petition.
B. 
Decisions on petitions will be issued within 60 days of the date a complete and accurate petition is received. Failure to act within 60 days shall result in the petition being approved.
4. 
Appeals to Court. A person aggrieved by an appeals decision who has a direct interest in the decision has a right to appeal to the appropriate County Court of Common Pleas within 30 days of the date of the adverse decision of the hearing officer.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
1. 
When reviewing a taxpayer's books and records to determine if the appropriate tax liability has been paid, the rights of a taxpayer, and the obligation of Collier Township during an audit of administrative review are as follows:
A. 
Collier Township will provide the taxpayer with a complete explanation of the audit/review process as it relates to that taxpayer and its rights during the process.
B. 
Collier Township will prepare a written basis of the assessment of any tax liability determined during the audit/review.
C. 
Collier Township will explain a taxpayer's right to appeal the assessment of any tax liability determined during the audit/review.
D. 
Collier Township will conduct a post audit conference at which a representative will explain the audit/review findings and make recommendations on how to correct any areas of noncompliance.
E. 
Collier Township will process the audit/review timely.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
1. 
If a taxpayer has complaints about any of the eligible taxes covered by this Bill of Rights, the taxpayer may contact:
ACT 511 Tax Collector
Collier Township
2418 Hilltop Road
Presto, PA 15142
276-5277
2. 
This person is designated by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Collier Township to deal with such complaints shall facilitate resolution of the complaint by working with appropriate Collier Township personnel.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
Information gained by Collier Township as a result of any audit, return, report, investigation, hearing, or verification shall be confidential tax information. It is unlawful, except for official purposes or as provided by law for Collier Township to divulge or make known in any manner any information gained in any return, investigation, hearing, or verification to any person; to permit any confidential tax information or any book containing any abstract or particulars thereof to be seen or examined by any person; or, to print, publish, or make known in any manner any confidential tax information.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999; as amended by Ord. 652, 4/13/2011]
1. 
If a taxpayer has not paid a tax liability determined to be due and the taxpayer has not filed a timely appeal of the liability, Collier Township may take any of the following action:
A. 
Contact a delinquent taxpayer and attempt to resolve the liability through payment in full, payment plan, or compromise.
B. 
Employ private collection agencies to collect delinquent taxes.
C. 
Audit the delinquent taxpayer.
D. 
File a lien against the taxpayer, and in some cases, the person responsible for payment of the delinquent tax (such as an employer).
E. 
File suit against the delinquent taxpayer in the appropriate County Court of Common Pleas or magisterial district judge.
F. 
Execute and sell taxpayer real estate or personal property, based on a lien or judgement obtained through appropriate legal proceedings, and attach wages in accordance with law.
G. 
Investigate and advance or have advanced through the appropriate Court of Common Pleas actions against a delinquent taxpayer violating criminal statutes.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
1. 
Collier Township, by resolution, may abate all or any part of interest for any period for:
A. 
An underpayment of tax finally determined to be due, attributable in whole or in part to any error or delay by Collier Township in the performance of a ministerial act. Such error or delay is to only be taken in account if no significant aspect of the error or delay can be attributed to the taxpayer and after Collier Township has contacted the taxpayer in writing with respect to the underpayment of tax finally determined to be due or payable.
B. 
Any payment of a tax, to the extent that any error or delay in the payment is attributable to an officer, employee or agent of Collier Township being erroneous or dilatory in the performance of a ministerial act as determined by Collier Township.
2. 
Collier Township shall abate any penalty or excess interest attributable to erroneous advise furnished to the taxpayer in writing by an officer, employee or agent of Collier Township acting in the officer's, employee's, or agent's official capacity if:
A. 
The written advice was reasonably relied upon by the taxpayer and was in response to a specific written request of the taxpayer.
B. 
The portion of the penalty or addition to tax or excess interest did not result from a failure by the taxpayer to provide adequate or accurate information.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
1. 
If Collier Township determines that it will facilitate collection, it may enter into a written agreement with a taxpayer for the installment payment of any eligible tax. The agreement may also be altered, modified or terminated by Collier Township as follows:
A. 
Termination If:
(1) 
Information which the taxpayer provided to Collier Township prior to the date of the agreement was inaccurate or incomplete.
(2) 
Collier Township believes that collection of any eligible tax under the agreement is in jeopardy.
B. 
Alteration, Modification, or Termination If: Collier Township finds that the financial condition of the taxpayer has significantly changed:
(1) 
Notice of Collier Township findings is provided to the taxpayer no later than 30 days prior to the date of such action.
(2) 
The notice contains reasons why Collier Township believes a significant change has occurred.
C. 
Alteration, Modification, or Termination If. The taxpayer fails to:
(1) 
Pay any installment at the time the installment is due under such agreement.
(2) 
Pay any other tax liability at the time the liability is due.
(3) 
Provide a financial condition update as requested by Collier Township.
2. 
A taxpayer may pre-pay in whole or in part any eligible tax under any agreement with Collier Township.
[Res. 07-06-1999-07, 7/6/1999]
Information pertaining to the Local Taxpayer Bill of Rights and a copy of this Part can be obtained by contacting:
Act 511 Tax Collector
Collier Township
2418 Hilltop Road
Presto, PA 15142
(412) 276-5277
during the business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.