Relief for the traveling employee? Tax Analysts reports ($link) that the “Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2013” (S. 1645) was introduced yesterday. The bill would make the tax lives of employers and employees who cross state lines much easier by preventing states from taxing folks, other than athletes and entertainers, who are in a state for less than 30 days. From the Tax Analysts:
The bill is “a modernization of everything,” Maureen Riehl, vice president of government affairs for the Council On State Taxation, told Tax Analysts. It is “about supporting the mobility of an economy that has people moving around a lot more often than when the income tax laws went into effect in the states back in the ’30s and ’40s,” she said.
Who would oppose such sensible simplification?
The Federation of Tax Administrators does not share Riehl’s enthusiasm. Deputy Director Verenda Smith said the bill “does not strike an appropriate balance between administrative simplification and necessary tax policies.”
Smith took issue with the safe harbor provision, saying the 30-day threshold “is beyond a level necessary to deal with the vast majority of individuals who would be temporarily in a jurisdiction.”
The states want to tax you on their whim if you sneeze in their jurisdiction.
Still, they should have one more threshold: no state tax if you earn less than some threshold amount in a state, maybe $5,000. That way they can still pick LeBron’s pocket when he comes to town from his tax-free home in Florida, but a carload of struggling musicians couch-surfing from town to town would be saved the hassle of filing a tax return in every state where they have a gig — or more likely, saved the need to ignore the filing requirement.
Peter Reilly, Mobile Workforce Act Good Idea But May Need More Limits “Over the years I have studied the rules for what invokes state income tax withholding requirement. It varies substantially from state to state.”
Elizabeth Malm, Richard Borean, Map: Share of State Tax Revenues from Corporate Income Tax (Tax Policy Blog)
Notice that it’s a relatively paltry part of Iowa tax receipts, even in a good year, and even with the highest rate in the nation. Better to repeal it as part of the Tax Update’s Quick and Dirty Iowa Tax Reform Plan.
David Brunori, Feckless Legislators and Corporate Welfare (Tax Analysts Blog)
If I ran a big corporation in Illinois, I would have my lobbyists asking for tax breaks daily. Why not? The tax incentive racket is a profit center for most corporations in Illinois. Is it blackmail? Sure. But it is cold, calculated, rational blackmail.
…if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.
Tax Justice Blog, Let’s Face It: Delaware and Other U.S. States Are Tax Havens
Paul Neiffer, Crop Insurance Deferral Options. “When a crop insurance claim relates directly to a drop in price, those claims cannot be deferred to the next year.” Paul explains what the choices are if the recovery relates to a yield loss.
Jana Luttenegger, Interactive Form to Assist in Applying for 501(c)(3) Status (Davis Brown Tax Law Blog)
William Perez, CBO: Marginal Tax Rates Faced by Low- and Moderate-Income Individuals. Helping the poor stay that way.
Roger McEowen, Inflation Adjusted Amounts for 2014
TaxProf, The IRS Scandal, Day 181
Brian Mahany, More Guidance on Taxation of Same Sex Marriages
Phil Hodgen’s Exit Tax Book: Chapter 7 – Taxation of Deferred Compensation
Joseph Thorndike, Forget Carried Interest–It’s All About Taxing Capital Gains (Tax Analysts Blog). He’s right when he says “The only issue that really matters is how we tax capital gains.” Then he goes off the rails in so many ways. Read Joseph, and then read Steve Landsberg.
A Wednesday Buzz from Robert D. Flach!
May you have this problem. The Tax Treatment of Olympic Gold Medals (TaxProf)
News from the Profession. Recruiting Season: Salaries and Offers for the Public Accounting Class of 2014 (Going Concern)
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