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Pappas Participates in Tax Foundation Panel on his Legislation to Protect Granite Staters from Unfair Taxation

Statement

Date: Sept. 24, 2020
Issues: Taxes

Rep. Chris Pappas (NH-01) joined the Tax Foundation for a round table discussing the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act and his advocacy for Granite Staters who are working from home during COVID-19 for companies based in other states.

As New Hampshire continues to face the public health and economic emergency created by COVID-19, telework has become necessary to keep workers and their families safe. Massachusetts, unfortunately, has broken a long-standing precedent and is forcing employees who are employed by Massachusetts companies to pay Massachusetts state income tax on money earned from telework in New Hampshire.

That is why Pappas introduced the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act along with Congressman Jim Himes (CT-04), which will protect New Hampshire workers from the unfair tax implications of telework. This legislation will prevent thousands of Granite Staters employed by companies in other states from being forced to pay state income tax on wages earned through telework.

"At a time when so many families are struggling to make ends meet, it is outrageous that Massachusetts is taxing Granite Staters who are working from home," said Congressman Pappas. "The Multi-State Workers Tax Fairness Act is urgently needed to ensure that employees will only be subject to the tax laws of their home state when they telework. This legislation will provide much needed protection for New Hampshire workers and will help workers in other states avoid double taxation."

The Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act will protect New Hampshire residents from unfair taxation by clarifying that workers are only required to pay income tax to the state where they were physically present when the income was earned.


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