Pittsburgh Mayor Disputes UPMC's Tax-Exempt Charity Status

Law360, Philadelphia (March 20, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT) -- Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced Wednesday that the city’s law department would challenge the tax-exempt status of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, arguing that it does not qualify as a charity.

The decision to make the health care provider — Pennsylvania’s largest employer — pay property and payroll taxes follows a 2012 decision by the state’s Supreme Court that found institutions must meet a specific set of standards to qualify for charitable tax exemptions.

“Following an extensive review process by legal counsel, we are confident that...
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