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update: mobile workforce state income tax simplification act passed u.s. house on june 20

Mobile Workforce Act Passes U.S. House on June 20, 2017

On June 20, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1393, the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017 (Mobile Workforce Act) on Suspension Calendar via voice vote. Companion Senate Bill, S. 540, has 40 bipartisan cosponsors and is pending action in the Senate Finance Committee.

This is the third time the House version of the legislation has been cleared. Last September, in the 114th Congress, a similar version of the Mobile Workforce Act, H.R. 2315, passed the House via voice vote on Suspension Calendar with 181 bipartisan cosponsors, and the identical Senate Bill (S. 386) garnered 55 cosponsors. The House also similarly passed the Mobile Workforce Act in the 112th Session of the Congress in May 2012. The Mobile Workforce Act would set a thirty-day safe harbor from personal income tax and withholding obligations for traveling employees and their employers, including businesses, associations, governments, and unions. Employees traveling to a nonresident state for fewer than thirty days would incur no personal income tax liability in the nonresident state, and the employer would have no withholding obligation. Employers and employees would continue to fulfill tax obligations to the state of residency during the 30-day safe harbor.

COST is working with the 300+ member Mobile Workforce Coalition to enact the Mobile Workforce Act this Congress. If you are interested in keeping abreast of this legislation or assisting in the coalition’s advocacy efforts, please contact Doug Lindholm or the Mobile Workforce Coalition.