The Carbon County Tax Collection Committee is looking for 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 committee, the group entertained four prospective vendors who are interested in submitting a sealed plan for their services. 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.

The visit allowed vendors the opportunity to ask any questions about the proposal's requirements before submitting their plans for review.

After a brief discussion about how the committee members would access each proposal, it was determined that an additional requirement of including an electronic version of the proposal would be needed from all vendors.

All proposals from interested vendors will now be received no later than May 28, at the Panther Valley School District office. The proposals will then be opened at a special RFP committee meeting, which has not yet been set.

In a related matter, the committee also voted to create two subcommittees that will handle vendor site visits; as well as reference calls to other entities using the vendors.

In other business, the committee was approved for a $5,000 grant from the state, which can be used to help offset the cost of advertising meetings, cost of consultants, legal fees, and other expenses.

The county applied for the grant in February. It is a portion of a $500,000 grant that has been allocated for tax collection committees.

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].