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October 22, 2019 | Press Releases

Steube Introduces Bill to Simplify Tax Collection

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, Congressman Greg Steube (R-Fla.) introduced the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2019 to simplify and standardize state income tax collection for employees who travel outside of their home state for temporary work assignments.

“Taxes are complicated, and I think Congress should do everything in its power to simplify and standardize the tax code,” said Steube following the introduction of the bill. “If this bill becomes law, Americans who work 30 days or less in a state outside of their home state will not be required to file a state income tax return for the state they are visiting.”

Under current law, nonresident employees who visit a state to do work for as little as 24 hours can be subject to certain state income tax laws. This makes tax filing extremely difficult and overly burdensome for mobile workers.

This bill provides a uniform, fair, and easily administered law and helps to ensure that the correct amount of tax is withheld and paid to the states without the undue burden that the current system places on employees and employers. This bill creates a uniform 30-day threshold before liability attaches and withholding is required. Employees’ earnings will still be subject to full tax in his or her state of residence.

This bill was previously passed by the House of Representatives in 2017. Senator John Thune (R-SD) has introduced a companion bill to this legislation in the Senate, S. 604.