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Butkovitz Directs City to Begin Withholding Pay from Delinquent City Employees
Initiative targets $2.6 million from 405 city employees who are delinquent on taxes
PHILADELPHIA – As part of the City Controller’s tax collection initiative, Philadelphia Controller Alan Butkovitz today directed the City Treasurer to begin withholding pay from 405 delinquent city employees owing $2.6 million in back taxes.
In a letter sent to the City Treasurer, Butkovitz directed the city to start withholding a percentage of pay from city employees beginning the pay period starting on January 11, 2010. Under Pennsylvania Law, the City Controller has the authority to withhold up to 20 percent of a city employees’ income.
Butkovitz first advised delinquent city employees of the pending withholding back on Oct. 1, 2009, which resulted in a number of employees paying their back taxes or entering into a payment agreement.
Under the Controller’s withholding process, 239 city employees, or 60 percent, will have paid off their tax delinquencies in less than one year. The City will receive more than $1.3 million over the next five years.
Employees had 30 days to pay their delinquent balance in full or enter into a payment agreement with the City.
“We provided city employees with ample opportunity to resolve their tax delinquencies before resorting to withholding their pay,” said Butkovitz. “Our initial outreach resulted in hundreds of employees paying their past due taxes. Now we must resort to withholding a percentage of some employees' salaries to force compliance.”
To review a copy of the letter sent to the City Treasurer’s Office, please visit the Controller’s website at www.philadelphiacontroller.org