Washington, D.C. (August 27, 2020) – The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and the Council On State Taxation (COST) submitted a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) urging the enactment of Section 403 of S.4318, the American Workers, Families and Employers Assistance Act, and a related measure, S.3995, the Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act. More than 120 employers and organizations, including 45 state CPA societies, also signed the letter, expressing their strong support.
These bills, which provide critical state tax filing and withholding relief for remote workers during the pandemic, are a key priority for coalition members. As stated in the letter, “the legislation would streamline and simplify complicated state and local tax obligations while protecting employees and employers from penalties for conflicting or lack of guidance between the states.”
“Businesses have been hit particularly hard during the pandemic lockdown,” said Doug Lindholm, President & Executive Director of COST, “and businesses are the drivers that will bring our economy back to a sound footing. Congressional action to ease compliance burdens for businesses is essential to helping catalyze our economic recovery. COST appreciates the bipartisan sponsorship and support of these compliance-relief measures by Senators Thune and Brown and urge quick action on the measure.”
“This legislation is an integral step in simplifying and removing unnecessary obstacles to administering the broader tax system,” said AICPA Vice President of Taxation, Edward Karl, CPA, CGMA. “Employees and employers are asking Congress for their help, and we strongly urge them to enact this important legislation. AICPA has long advocated for this relief and supported Senators Thune’s and Brown’s efforts earlier this year for a consistent and uniform de minimis rule for non-residents’ state taxation and withholding.”
In June 2020, the AICPA expressed support for bipartisan federal legislation, the Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act of 2020 (S. 3995), sponsored by Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) in a letter. COST expressed its support in a similar letter.
Similar bills (without the pandemic provisions) were introduced since 2006. The Mobile Workforce Act has passed the U.S. House three times and garnered 60 Senate co-sponsors in the 115th Congress.
Veronica L. Vera