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why isnt the local services tax included on my w-2 form and

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why isn't the local services tax included on my w-2 form and why can't i add it as tax withheld. i reside in the 17821 area and am employed in the 17815 area.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Tax
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Expert:  William Ellis, CPA replied 6 years ago.
If the LST isn't defined as an income tax, it shouldn't show on your W-2. You cab still include the tax with your itemized deductions.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
if the lst isn't an income tax, then why is it taken from my income. i know i can deduct it at the federal level if i itemize deductions. what i am trying to figure out is why i can't deduct it at the local level since it is a local tax taken from my income. if i didn't have any income, i am assuming that i wouldn't be subject to this tax therefore i feel that it is an income tax.
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Expert:  William Ellis, CPA replied 6 years ago.
Who is collecting the tax? How do they define the tax?
Expert:  William Ellis, CPA replied 6 years ago.
Who is collecting the tax? How do they define the tax?
Expert:  William Ellis, CPA replied 6 years ago.

Do you file a local income tax return for your county or city? The LST is a local tax. It is not your Pennsylvania income tax. That's why you can't correctly claim it as an income tax payment on your Pennsylvania income tax return. There may be a credit or deduction on your state return for this. I'll check into this.

Expert:  William Ellis, CPA replied 6 years ago.
I don't see where you can take a credit or deduction for this either. Just because this tax is withheld from your pay does not define it as an income tax.
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