City Officials and Local Businesses Talk Trash

Trash hauling businesses in Reading, PA are fighting accusations that they’re guilty for not paying business license fees and taxes, saying they were told years ago that they’re in the clear.

Cindy Kemp, co-owner of Cleon Kemp Sanitation, said Friday that she has a letter dated March 19, 2007, from the city tax department saying that unless the firm had a physical location in the city, it did not need a business license or have to pay business privilege taxes… However, City Managing Director W. Glenn Steckman III said the letter was not based on legislation but rather on a Commonwealth Court ruling that said a business not located in the municipality didn't have to pay the privilege tax. "That decision was appealed to the state Supreme Court and it was overturned," Steckman said.

It’s unfortunate that there is so much confusion whether or not business license fees and taxes apply to these businesses without physical locations in the city. Especially because it could have all been avoided. Using LicenseSuite or ordering a Compliance Package will ensure you’re never at odds with city officials.