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Pennsylvania Department of Revenue Disallowance of Unreimbursed Employee Expenses

In 2014, the department dramatically increased the number of returns it reviewed for this tax year for unreimbursed employee business expenses. Instead of asking for the information, the department elected to deny expenses based upon the taxpayer occupation. This is based upon the information the department had where taxpayers were normally in the past reimbursed for their expenses.

The reason for the change is an economic decision on the part of the department.The department has limited resourses with respect to personnel and has been under constant pressure for the past several years to reduce any and all expenses.In order to save both personnel resources and mailing costs, the department has in some cases instituted a program of denying expenses or denying losses instead of requesting further information from the taxpayer. If accurate records for these expenses are kept the taxpayer should appeal to the department to have these expenses and losses allowed.

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