June 19, 2020
Senators Thune, Brown update mobile workforce bill for COVID-19
Second-ranking Senate Republican John Thune (R-SD) and fellow Finance Committee member Sherrod Brown (D-OH) June 18 introduced an updated version of their mobile workforce bill, newly called the Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act (S. 3995), that adds several special waivers relating to the pandemic. Like the previous version, the new bill exempts employers from withholding state income tax and workers from filing returns in another state if they work there for 30 or fewer days a year (does not apply to professional athletes, entertainers or national figures paid per event in other states.)
Specifically, the bill updates the previous version of the legislation in the following ways:
During a news conference June 16, Senator Thune said, "We've got a bill that would eliminate the taxation for people have been helping out in the coronavirus relief efforts by going into other states and providing frontline support, particularly those that are involved in the medical field. I hope we can get that included in the next bill."
On the Senate floor June 4, Senator Thune advocated the previous Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act (S. 604), saying it has particular relevance in the age of coronavirus because "substantial numbers of workers travel to different states for temporary work assignments."
Senator Thune published a Wall Street Journal op-ed on the issue June 17.
The bill is attached. A press release is here.
Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act