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Philadelphia Taxes:

The following tax rates are effective as of July 1, 2017: 
Wage and earnings tax decreases to 3.8907% (resident); 3.4654% (non-resident)                         
 

The following tax rates became effective as of July 1, 2016: 
Wage and earnings tax decreases to 3.9004% (resident); 3.4741% (non-resident)                         
 

Social Security Wage Base:     

2017 $127,200

2016 $118,500

 

 

  Southeastern PA Chapter Goes Green

 

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How can we live lightly on the Earth and save money at the same time? Members of SEPA share ideas on how to GO GREEN and SAVE GREEN at home and at work.

It seems like everyone's "going green." We're glad you want to take action, too. Luckily, many of the steps we can take to stop climate change can make our lives better. Our grandchildren-and their children-will thank us for living more sustainably. Let's start now. Below are ideas and suggestions from other members to help get you started at work or home.

  1. As long as your employees are already receiving direct deposit, they may be able to go paperless.  Atre you able to provide on-line access to their pay statement?
  2. Add a line to your e-mail signatures to consider the environment before posting or printing this e-mail.
  3. Ask your employer about telecommuting.  Working from home is a dream for many people. With so many jobs mainly based around computers these days, telecommuting is becoming increasingly popular. It saves employers and employees time, money and environmentally damaging transport related emissions; as well as lightening the demand on oil.
  4. Riding your bike instead of riding in a car saves energy and reduces pollution, of course.  But it is also fun and good exercise!  That makes it a triple benefit.
  5. Volunteer with other SEPA members for our semi-annual PA Adopt-A-Highway clean up effort on North Gulph Road by the King of Prussia mall.
  6. When your children/grandchildren get tired of or grow out of their games, toys, clothes and other things, don't throw them away.  They can be used by other kids less fortunate than you.  You'll also be keeping these things out of the trash.  SEPA is constantly collecting items to donate to a worthy cause.  Stay tuned for the next collection.
  7. Feed the Birds.  They need water to drink and food to eat.  Feeding birds not only brings a bit of nature to your backyard, it also helps rid the yard of  many kinds of bugs.  You can hang a birdfeeder from a tree or place it outside your window, or build a birdbath in your yard from which the birds can drink water.
  8. Grow a Garden.  A garden provides flowers, vegetables, and environmental benefits.  It can help to reduce soil erosion and may help to reduce some kinds of air pollution. 
  9. Insulate your home.  You may find a lot of energy being wasted right in your own home.  After you've finished your energy audit, make a list of the things you believe should be done.  Your local hardware-store sales person can help you determine how much the improvements will cost, how much energy they will save, and how much money your family will save in reduced energy bills.
  10. Refuse, Reuse, and Recycle.  Whatever you buy, wherever you live, the Three Rs are the most important rules to live by, at least as far as the environment is concerned.  The next time you go shopping think about the Three Rs every time you pull a potential purchase off the shelf.  Is it something that is overpackaged or wasteful?  If so, Refuse it.  Is it something that is made of or packaged in recycled material, or which you can reuse in some way? If so, Reuse it.  Is it something that can be recycled easily? If so, Recycle it.
  11. Set up recycling boxes in your home--one for collecting newspapers, another for collecting other types of paper, another for glass, and another for aluminum.  Try composting, which is a way of recycling food and other organic matter.  You can even try recycling plastic, if you can find a place that accepts plastic for recycling.  If you can't recycle something, see if there is some way you can reuse it. Some volunteer firehouses, churchs, and daycares provide paper recycling containers.  Save your paper waste, drop it in their bin, and they receive money.
  12. Some people believe that bags made of trees--paper bags--are less harmful to the earth than bags made of chemicals--plastic bags.  The fact is, making both types of bags creates a lot of pollution, and both paper and plastic bags use a lot of resources.  So neither is much better than the other.  The best solution is not to use any bag at all, or to bring your own bag.  Some people carry a canvas or mesh bag they can use over and over.  If you must use a paper or plastic bag, don't throw it away.  Try to use the bag over and over--as many times as you can.
  13. Plant a Tree.  There are organizations in most communities that have set up tree-planting campaigns.  You don't even need one of these.  You can visit a local nursery to find out what kinds of trees will grow best in your area.  The nursery people might also help you find a good place to plant a tree. 
  14. Employers can assist their workers in finding carpool partners from within the office simply by dedicating a portion of the lunchroom bulletin board to advertisement. People wishing to match their vehicle with potential riders merely need to communicate that they have space available.
  15. Preferential parking for carpools. Rather than allocating parking spots by seniority, if employees are going to use private automobiles to get to work, encourage them to carpool by giving carpools the closest spots to the door.

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