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File photo of Times Observer Senator Scott Hutchinson, speaking at the inauguration of Lacy Park in the city of Warren, has released legal notes calling for the abolition of sales and income taxes in the Commonwealth.

State Sen. Scott Hutchinson advocates major changes in tax collection in Pennsylvania.

Legislation penned by the Senator calls for constitutional amendments to abolish both sales tax, use tax and income tax.

According to the Treasury Department, most of the state has sales tax rates of 6 percent, except Allegheny County (7 percent) and Philadelphia (8 percent). The income tax rate is 3.07 percent.

Hutchinson named the sales tax “Undoubtedly regressive in its individually felt stress”, That means it hits those who earn the least.

“This disproportionate burden robs people of the financial leeway that those with higher incomes use to buy goods of desire, which in itself is an expression of freedom of choice.” the memo says.

Hutchinson argues that “Capital is a means with which we participate in our freedoms and pursue their goals” and named the current sales tax “Unequal tax burden” as something that “Creates an unequal level of freedom.”

His proposed constitutional amendment “would allow us to review how we can increase that revenue and implement a fairer revenue stream for Pennsylvania.”

The criticism of the income tax (PIT) is rather rooted in its implementation.

“With its dizzying rules and regulations, exceptions and exceptions, the PIT has really become a giant that is alien to the minds and intentions that gave birth to it.” Hutchinson’s memo says. “So it is not surprising that a different tax treatment occurs between two supposedly equal taxpayers, often as a result of the contradicting or novel interpretations of this PIT law.”

He only criticized them now “Unequal application” the tax, but also “the fundamental decision of the legislature.

“Those who have the fewest offsets or who do not qualify for welfare programs are the hardest hit, while those who receive government support or can withdraw thousands of dollars are the least burdened.”

The change here would be “Allow us to review how we can increase this revenue and implement a fairer and more reasonable source of revenue …”

The memos were written back in October and there is still no legislation on these issues.

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