- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 3, 2015

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - If Gov. Tom Wolf’s tax hike and relief plan passes the Legislature, Pennsylvanians would feel the effect in different ways:

- The typical income tax bill would go up about $200 under a plan to raise the flat tax to 3.7 percent, from 3.07 percent. A Pennsylvanian with the state’s median taxable income for 2012, the latest available figure from the Revenue Department, would pay $905 under the current rate and $1,091 under Wolf’s plan.

- The sales tax would rise to 6.6 percent from 6 percent. And some exemptions would be lost, such as those for candy and gum, newspapers, magazines, nonprescription drugs, caskets, flags, textbooks and cable TV service.

- Most homeowners would qualify for large reductions in their school property taxes. Details remain sketchy, but the administration calculates Wolf’s proposals would reduce homeowners’ school property tax bill by more than 50 percent, with an average homeowner seeing a $1,000 reduction.

- Renters earning $50,000 or less would qualify for $500 rebates under a state property tax and renter relief program and 270,000 senior households will pay no school property taxes.

- A pack of cigarettes would cost an extra $1. Wolf proposes raising the “sin tax” to $2.60, from $1.60.

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