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BUSINESS PRIVILEGE TAX

Swatara Township Ordinance 1975-3 (Codification of Ordinance revised through September 8, 2004 Chapter 261, Article IV Business Privilege, Section 261-33 Returns and Payment and Section 261-34 Annual License) provides for and regulates the "assessment, levy and collection for general revenue purposes of a business privilege tax upon persons, firms, companies and corporations engaging in business, described therein, within the Township of Swatara, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania."  In particular it should be noted that the tax is not simply imposed upon "resident" of Swatara Township or upon "business" in Swatara Township, but is actually a tax upon business activity taking place in Swatara Township.

The ordinance contains pertinent information relative to definitions and rates:

"Business" shall mean any activity carried on or exercised for gain or profit in the Township of Swatara, including but not limited to, the sale of merchandise or other tangible personalty or the performance of services.

"Wholesale Dealer" shall mean any person who sells to dealers in, or vendors of goods, wares and merchandise, and to no other persons.

License fee:  Thirty dollars ($30.00) annually 

Tax rates:  3/4 mill ($.75 per $1,000.00 or .00075) on the gross volume of business for retail, service and rental

                   1/2 mill ($.50 per $1,000.00 or .00050) on the gross volume of business for wholesale

Quarterly Periods

Return and Payment Due
January 1 - March 31 April 30
April 1 - June 30 July 31
July 1 - September 30 October 31
October 1 - December 31 January 31

The following forms are available on-line for your convenience:

                                 Appliation for Business Privilege License

                                 Business Privilege Tax Form

Please contact the Business Privilege Department at 717-564-2551 or buspriv@swataratwp.com for more information on use of forms and filing procedures.

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