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Pennsylvania Unveils PAyback.pa.gov

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Pennsylvania has launched PAyback.pa.gov, a digital platform designed to provide clarity and transparency on permit, license, or certification application fees. This tool allows small businesses to assess their eligibility for refunds and, if qualified, submit formal refund requests.

PAyback.pa.gov distinguishes itself by presenting detailed processing times for each application, offering Pennsylvania workers and businesses a benchmark for expectations. In cases where applications exceed the stipulated processing time-frame, businesses automatically qualify to initiate a serious request for a refund, reinforcing the commitment to accountability.

For small businesses in Pennsylvania, this digital system aims to minimize challenges associated with permit applications. The ability to monitor processing times provides businesses with control and predictability, while the streamlined refund process acts as a financial safeguard, alleviating unnecessary expenses in instances of delayed processing.

To leverage PAyback.pa.gov, businesses can navigate to the website, assess eligibility based on processing time standards, and, if eligible, submit a formal refund request through the purposeful user interface. This initiative reflects Pennsylvania’s commitment to fostering a business environment characterized by transparency and accountability.

Small businesses are encouraged to explore the benefits of this platform, utilizing it as a resource for a more controlled and accountable application process.

Jeremy Hancher is the EMAP Program Manager located at the Widener University SBDC.  He holds over 15 years of experience in environmental compliance, environmental policy, and program management.  He is proud to be the team lead of the award-winning EMAP program which provides free and confidential environmental assistance to the Pennsylvania small business community in fulfillment of the requirements of the Pennsylvania Air Pollution Control Act and Section 507 of the federal Clean Air Act.
In 2015, Jeremy was part of the team effort when EMAP was recognized by US EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for Outstanding Accomplishments by a State Small Business Environmental Assistance Provider in Providing Technical Environmental Assistance to the Small Business Community. Jeremy holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh, a Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate from the Wharton School.