On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a markup of H.R. 1393, the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2017. The Mobile Workforce Coalition applauds the Committee for taking action on this vital bipartisan legislation so early in the 115th Congress.
The bill was introduced on March 7, 2017 by Representative Mike Bishop (R-MI-8) and Representative Hank Johnson, Jr. (D-GA-4). In just two short weeks, the bill has already gained 32 additional cosponsors from 15 states. In a press release on the day of introduction, Representative Bishop stressed the importance of this step towards tax simplification:
“Our state income tax structure is too complicated and costly for today’s workforce,” said Rep. Bishop. “Right now, workers who must travel out of state and their respective employers face dozens of erroneous reporting requirements, many of which depend on varying length of travel and income levels. The goal of our bipartisan legislation is to create one simplified system for Americans to do their state income taxes, eliminating the burdensome paperwork and reducing compliance costs for everyone involved. Our Mobile Workforce bill passed unanimously in the House last Congress, and I am optimistic we can get even more done in today’s tax reform climate.”
Representative Johnson echoed similar sentiments:
“This important bipartisan effort streamlines the tax code, while reflecting the needs of various industries throughout the country,” said Rep. Johnson. “Simplifying our tax system in this manner will help Americans who work across multiple jurisdictions from paying local or state taxes in places other than where they live or work for an extended period of time.”
During the 114th Congress, Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA-6) voiced his support of Mobile Workforce legislation, as well:
“American small businesses should not face added regulatory burdens just because they must send their employees across state lines to conduct their business. When a small business owner is faced with additional compliance requirements for employees in different states, those costs can add up and ultimately hurt the growth of the business as a whole.”
Including Chairman Goodlatte, ten members of the House Judiciary Committee are cosponsors of the Mobile Workforce bill. Additionally, a total of 308 organizations support the Mobile Workforce bill (to read our coalition letter, click here).
To watch the March 22nd markup, visit this link to view a livestream (or video archive if the markup has concluded). Follow @MWFCoalition on Twitter for live updates during the Committee proceedings, as well.