Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Philly collects record $24M in monthly sales taxes

Thanks to a strong Christmas shopping season

Philly collects record $24M in monthly sales taxes


Philadelphia collected $23.9 million from the city's surcharge on state sales taxes last month, "the highest one-month sales tax collection ever recorded by the City," according to elected city controller Alan Butkovitz.

February’s total, which includes Christmas sales tax collections recorded late due to the delay in sending the city's piggybacked tax payments from Philadelphia to Harrisburg and back, rose $1.14 million from the year before.

The city sales tax hit the current 8% (2% for the city, 6% for the state) in 2010 after state and city legislators gave Mayor Nutter the increase to fill the gap from falling property taxes and rising retiree pension fund payments.

The previous record month was August 2010, when sales tax collections topped $23.4 million.

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