Information Technology Disaster Recovery Services are not Taxable in Pennsylvania

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

A row of servers.

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue (DOR) issued a letter ruling explaining that membership fees for information technology (IT) disaster recovery services were not taxable. However, rental fees for the IT equipment provided in a disaster and related fees were subject to tax.

The company offered a disaster recovery service to customers. The customers paid membership fees for the right to access telecommunications equipment, servers, computers, software, and disks in the event of a disaster.

When a disaster occurred, customers were required to pay an additional fee to declare the disaster and daily or hourly usage fees for the IT equipment.

The DOR concluded that the membership fees were not taxable because disaster recovery is not a taxable service. However, the daily or hourly usage charges were taxable rentals of tangible personal property. Additionally, the fee to declare a disaster was taxable as a part of the rental charge for the equipment.

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