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Enrolment Tax, as per Act of May 1, 1868.

Jiereafter no private act of Assembly hereinafter described and taxed, shall be enrolled in the office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, or published or have the force and effect of law, until the party asking or requiring the same shall have paid into the Treasury of the Commonwealth the following sims, to wit:

On every act incorporating, or extending or reniewing the charter of any bank with a capital not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars, the sum of two hundred dollars.

With a capital over two hundred thousand dollars, and not exceeding four hundred thousand dollars, four hundred dollars.

With a capital over four hundred thousand dollars, and not exceeding six hundred thousand dollars, the sum of five hundred dollars.

With a capital over six hundred thousand dollars, and not exceeding one million dollars, cight hundred dollars.

With a capital over one million dollars, the sun of one thousand dollars.

On every act chartering, or renewing or extending the charter of any savings institution, bank of deposit or safe deposit company, the sum of one hundred dollars.

On every act incorporating or re-chartering any iron, coal, manufacturing, mining, warehousing or oil company, or conferring any of these rights or privileges upon any existing corporation, the sum of two hundred dollars; and in all cases heretofore enumerated, where the chartered privileges are given for a longer period than twenty years, the amounts respectively shall be double the rates above specified.

On every act for the incorporation of any canal, railroad, transportation, telegraph, boom, general express, steam vessel, lumber or exploring company, or for insurance, except mutual insurance companies, the sun of one hundred dollars; and the like sum on every bill conferring any of these powers or privileges on apy existing corporation ; ind in all cases hereinbefore mentioned, where the same act confers the necessary powers or privileges of two or more of said corporations, the same taxes shall be imposed as if such powers or privileges had been conferred by separate enactments: Provincil, That authority to construct a railroad not exceeding ten niles in length, when necessary to the enjoyment of other privileges conferred, shall not subject such act to any additional tax.

On every :let for the incorporation of any local ("xpress, transier, ferry, improvement, navigation, land or market company, the sun of fifty clollars.

on every act for the erection of it new county, the sum of tive hundrecl dollars; but in case the question of the erection of such new county shall be subuitted to il popular vote, and decided against the same, said tax shall be refunded by the State Treasurer to the person or persons who shall have paid it.

On every act for divorce from the bonds of matrimony passed on the application of the husbanı, the sum of one hundred dollars; if on the application of the wife, the sum of fifty dollars.

On every private act not hereinbefore enumcrated or described, except for the incorporation of or relating to churches, colleges, schools, school districts, library associations, pensions, gratuities, soldiers' monuments, cemeteries, private claims not exceeding one hundred dollars, turnpike and plank road companies, agricultural societies, soldiers homes, hospitals, or other charitable or benevolent ilssociations, the sumns of twenty dollars.

On every private act of Assembly heretofore passed or which shall hereafter be passed, and which shall be subject to enrolment tax as herein provided, said tax shall be paid within one year after the approval thereof by the Governor, or his failure to return the same to the Legislature as required by the last clause of the twenty-third section of the first article of the Constitution ; and in default of payment as aforesaid, every such enactment shall thereafter be null and void; and the time for paying the enrolment tax upon all acts heretofore passed, upon which the curolment tax has not been paid, is hereby extended for the period of one year from the passage of this act.

All laws and parts of laws heretofore passed upon the subject of onrolment tax, are liereby repealed.

TAX ON CORPORATIONS.

Sertion 15 of livict approved the 1st day of May, A. D. 1868.

That hereafter every company incorporated by or under any general or special law of this Commonwealth, except railroad, canal, turnpike, bridge or cemetery companies, and companies incorporated for literary, charitable or religious purposes, shall pay to the State Treasurer, for the uso of the Commonwealth, a bonus of one-quarter of one per centum upon the amount of capital stock which said company is authorized to have, in two equal instalments, and a like bonus upon any subsequent in crease thereof. The first instalment shall be due and payable upon the incorporation of said company, or upon the increase of the capital thereof, and the second instalment one year thereafter. And no company, as aforesaid, shall have or exercise any corporate powers until the first instalment of said bonus is paid; and the Governor shall not issue letters patent to any company until he is satisfied that the first instalment of the said bonus has been paid to the State Treasurer; and no company, incorporated by any special act of Assembly, shall go into operation, or exercise any corporate powers or privileges, nor shall said act be enrolled among the laws of the State, until sail first instalment of bonus has been paid as a foresiac.

Ilon, BESIAN ILIRRIS BREWSTER,

Attorncry lienerul: DEIR SIR:-] desire your opinion, for the guidance of this Department, on the following question, viz:

Does the 15th section of the act approved Ist Mar, 1968, entitled “In Aci to amend and consolidate the several laws taxing corporations, brokers and Dankers," (pamphlet laws, 1868, page 113,) apply to bills approved before Mar 1, 1868? It is contended hiv some that the latter clause of the section in(ludes all corporations not organized or in operation at that date. Very respectfully yours,

F. JORDI, Secretary of the Commonwealth.

Hon. F. JORDAX,

Secretary of the Commonwealth : DEAR SIR:-In reply to your inquiry, contained in your letter of 5th February, 1869, I answer as follows: That the latter clause of the 15th section of the act approved May 1st, 1868, entitled “undet to amend and consolidate the several laws taxing corporations, brokers and bankers," (Ph. L., 1868, page 113,) does apply to bills approved before May Ist, 1898, and includes all corporations not organized and in operation at that date.

Very respectfully,
BEYLLIN ILIRRIS BREWSTER,

Littorney Generall.

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