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City business tax collection to change

Business owners operating in the city will soon see a change in their collection of business taxes.

City Council and the city treasurer’s office have agreed to bring business privilege, mercantile, and local service tax collection in-house, said Nicholas Grimes, city tax collector and treasurer.

For the previous seven years, those taxes have been collected by a third-party agency, Berkheimer, from the Allentown area.

Previous to Berkheimer’s tenure, Centax was the collector of those taxes.

The city will be able to provide better customer service to taxpayers, he said.

The office will be able to work more closely with their local resources to be sure all businesses operating in the city are on the tax rolls and collections, discovery and auditing are done efficiently and fairly, Grimes said.

“Our first goal is to provide prompt, top-notch customer service to the taxpayers of Williamsport. Then we will use our training and resources to collect taxes more efficiently for the city, helping all taxpayers.”

Grimes said the change will take effect Jan. 1.

The city treasurer’s office in City Hall is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

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