Niven Sabherwal / 90.5 WESA

When attorney Joe Froetschel commutes to work on his bicycle, he thinks about how the city operations work and where the money comes from. As he rides through Oakland,  he notices hospitals like UPMC and University of Pittsburgh buildings that dot the neighborhood. He's also surrounded by churches and charities and the Carnegie museums.

A Call to Centralize Tax-Exempt Determination in PA

Aug 15, 2013

State lawmakers are considering changes to the rules governing purely public charities — and what such institutions need to get a pass on paying taxes.

The Legislature recently took the first step in a lengthy constitutional amendment process to take more control in how purely public charities are defined.
A court ruling revoking a summer camp’s status had forced the issue.
But one local tax appeals board lawyer says the reason such cases land in court is because the state laws on the subject are already overly complex.