The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue has announced that its Bethlehem office will serve Carbon County residents for their tax needs.

Commissioner William O'Gurek, chairman, made the announcement on behalf of the state Department of Revenue during the county commissioners' meeting on Thursday,.

O'Gurek explained that previously, the workload for the county was shared by the department's Pottsville and Reading offices.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue handles matters pertaining to all types of taxes, including personal, business, sales, inheritance taxes, liens on residents who are not paying those taxes, and more.

For more information on the department, necessary forms, tax laws and more, visit [1] or if you need assistance in a tax matter, contact the Bethlehem office at (610) 861-2000.

In county business, the commissioners acted on the following agenda items:

Ÿ Approved the RASA grant agreement with the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The grant is in the amount of $70,833 and will be used to help cover personnel costs, benefits, travel, supplies and more for the Victim/Witness Program for 2011 and 2012. The program helps prepare victims and witnesses of crimes for the proceedings of court trials, as well as find what services are available to them.

Ÿ Approved submission of the renewal application to the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania for the 2011-2012 Pennsylvania Counties Risk Pool Insurance Program.