Carbon County's Tax Collection Committee is moving forward on finding a tax collection provider to handle the county's earned income taxes, which is a requirement under Act 32 of 2008.

During the monthly meeting of the group on Wednesday, Kenneth Marx, the delegate of the Panther Valley School District and chair of the RFP committee, handed out copies of four tax collection provider proposals outlining the services each vendor would provide. The sealed proposals were opened at a special meeting of the RFP committee earlier this month.

Vendors included Berkheimer and Associates of Bangor; Central Tax Bureau of Pennsylvania Inc., of Pittsburgh; JP Harris Association of Mechanicsburg; and Capital Tax Collection Bureau of Harrisburg.

According to a two-page handout summarizing the proposals, tax collection providers offered information on their firms, how they operate, plans of investment of tax funds, the timing of distribution of funds, any litigation they are involved in, and more.

Marx explained the handout is to help committee members find the main points in the proposals, which are dozens of pages in length.

He also handed out a score sheet, which allows all committee members to rate each proposal. The score sheets will be collected at the July meeting and will be used to determine which vendor will be chosen.

The group discussed visits to the vendors' corporate offices, which will take place in July. Two of four vendors said they would provide transportation to and from the offices.

The tax collection committee will now work on determining which company will be the best for the county. The deadline for appointing a tax collector is Sept. 15.

The county tax collection committee was formed because of Act 32 of 2008, which amends the Local Tax Enabling Act.

Under Act 32, counties are now required to form a countywide collection committee and delegate one tax collector who will be responsible for the collection of earned income tax. Act 32 takes effect in 2012.

This new law states that this reduction in the amount of earned income tax collectors will provide for quicker money turnarounds, which means municipalities and school districts will get paid sooner.

The Carbon County Tax Collection Committee members include delegates from Jim Thorpe, Kidder Township, Penn Forest Township, East Penn Township, Franklin Township, Lehighton, Mahoning Township, Parryville, Weissport, Bowmanstown, Lower Towamensing Township, Palmerton, Towamensing Township, Lansford, Nesquehoning, Summit Hill, Coaldale, East Side, Lausanne Township, Lehigh Township, Packer Township, and Weatherly; as well as Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, Panther Valley and Weatherly school districts.

More information on Act 32 can be found at www.act32info.com [1].

The next meeting of the Carbon County Tax Collection Committee is slated for July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Jim Thorpe Area High School.