20090623-TaxesDue216px-ZlomekHARRISBURG PA – Pennsylvania career professionals like doctors, lawyers, or accountants – and anyone else who needs a state license to do their jobs – take note: the tax man is looking over your shoulder.

Armed with lists of licensees who owe outstanding or unpaid state taxes, the PA Department of Revenue is ready to ask state supervisory agencies to consider taking action against license holders unless they make arrangements to pay up.

It’s apparently happening already with licensees governed by the state Insurance Department.

Mark Vessella, deputy commissioner of Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) – the agency that issues licenses to a majority of state professionals – recently confirmed impending enforcement of an executive order that requires “all applicants seeking to receive or renew various state licenses, permits and registrations (to be) compliant with their state tax obligations.”

Vessella’s acknowledgment follows distribution of a May 21 (2009) letter to a group of Pennsylvania insurance licensees. They were notified by the Insurance Department that they were “not compliant with Pennsylvania taxes,” according to Revenue Department records.

“Please be advised,” the letter continued, that the Insurance Department “may consider appropriate enforcement action” if licensees failed to comply, including but not limited to “cease-and-desist orders, imposition of a civil penalty, and/or licensure action.”

Letter recipients were told to contact the Revenue Department within 20 days “to avoid enforcement action and resolve your tax issues.”

Like the Insurance Department, BPOA “also will be sending letters to licensees who the Revenue Department advises is not compliant with Pennsylvania taxes,” an attorney with one of its supervisory agencies reported last week.

That means, sooner or later, tens of thousands of licensees all are due for similar tax scrutiny.

Pennsylvania’s business-related licensing boards and commissions, supervised by BPOA, include Accountancy, the Architects Licensure Board, Auctioneer Examiners, Barber Examiners, Certified Real Estate Appraisers, Cosmetology, Crane Operators, the Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors and Geologists, Funeral Directors, Landscape Architects, the state Real Estate Commission; Vehicle Manufacturers, Dealers and Salespersons; and the Navigation Commission for the Delaware River and its Navigable Tributaries.

State health-related licensing boards and commissions, also supervised by BPOA, include Chiropractic, Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatry, Psychology, Speech-Language and Hearing Examiners, Social Workers; Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors; and Veterinary Medicine.

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