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DuBois Area Plaza, Suite 10
1221 East DuBois Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
Phone: 814-375-4688
Fax: 814-375-5955
?Hours: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

53 South St. Marys Street
Suite 2
St. Marys, PA 15857
Phone: 814-781-6301
Fax: 814-781-7213
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Clearfield, PA 16830
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Room 115, Ryan Office Building
PO Box 202075
Harrisburg PA 17120-2075
Phone: (717) 260-6142
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Gabler Timber Tax Elimination Bill Passes House
11/21/2013
HARRISBURGHouse Bill 1138, authored by state Rep. Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk), received bipartisan support Wednesday in being passed by a vote in the state House of 146-53. The legislation extends a Sales and Use Tax exclusion to Pennsylvania’s timber harvesters, and may now be taken up by the state Senate.



“Current law provides exclusion for manufacturers, agriculture and even sawmills from this form of double-taxation, yet our timber harvesters who are so important for local jobs and our local economy have been forced to continue paying up,” Gabler commented. “The timber industry belongs in the same category with farming, dairy, and manufacturing in receiving this exclusion, since sales tax is collected when the final product is sold at retail.”

Gabler’s bill would amend the Tax Reform Code to exclude the purchase of machinery, equipment and parts used in timbering, just as farmers currently enjoy a sales tax exemption on the purchase of tractors, combines, tools, feed, and fertilizers used in their operations.

“House Bill 1138 is solid legislation that directly supports the forest-products industry and our suppliers, many of whom are family-owned businesses,” said Craig Timm, regional public affairs manager for Domtar, the largest integrated manufacturer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America, which has a mill in Johnsonburg, Elk County. “We thank Representative Gabler for his leadership on this important work, and look forward to the bill hopefully passing the Senate and being signed into law.”

“Foresters and farmers both manage a crop, but the Department of Revenue does not allow them to both be classified under agriculture,” added Gabler. “That designation is the catalyst for my legislation, which will also protect local jobs, benefit consumers and help our local economy by allowing local timber producers to remain competitive.”

Questions about this or any other legislative issue should be directed to Gabler’s DuBois office at (814) 375-4688 or his St. Marys office at (814) 781-6301.

Representative Matt Gabler
75th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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