Pennsylvania Phases Out Capital Stock and Foreign Franchise Tax

By: William A. Buck, Esq.

On Monday, January 4, 2016, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced the successful January 1 phase-out of Pennsylvania’s capital stock and foreign franchise tax, a tax on corporations that dated back to 1844.

The tax was imposed on corporations with capital stock, joint-stock associations, limited liability companies, business trusts and other companies doing business within Pennsylvania. Domestic corporations were subject to the capital stock tax, while foreign corporations are subject to the foreign franchise tax on capital stock apportioned to Pennsylvania.

The long planned phase-out of the capital stock and foreign franchise tax, which is effective for the 2015 tax year, is an important step in maintaining Pennsylvania’s competitive business climate.

Leech Tishman’s Taxation Practice Group is able to assist with any questions you may have regarding the capital stock and foreign franchise tax.

William A. Buck is a Partner in the Corporate and Taxation Practice Groups in Leech Tishman’s Pittsburgh office. He can be reached at 412.261.1600 or

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