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The Maryland Association of CPAs has joined the American Institute of CPAs and more than 120 employers and organizations across the nation in signing a letter to congressional leaders urging them to support state tax filing and withholding relief for remote workers.

Specifically, the organizations are seeking the passage of Section 403 of S.4318, the “American Workers, Families and Employers Assistance Act,” and a related measure, S.3995, the “Remote and Mobile Worker Relief Act.”

The accounting profession has been consistent in its support of state tax filing relief for remote workers, working with the Council on State Taxation and others to advocate for its inclusion in federal legislation.

“This legislation is an integral step in simplifying and removing unnecessary obstacles to administering the broader tax system,” said AICPA Vice President of Taxation Edward Karl, CPA, CGMA. “Employees and employers are asking Congress for their help, and we strongly urge them to enact this important legislation. The AICPA has long advocated for this relief and supported Sens. Thune’s and Brown’s efforts earlier this year for a consistent and uniform de minimis rule for non-residents’ state taxation and withholding.”

With an unprecedented number of employees working remotely, now more than ever it is necessary to adapt to our current economic reality. The MACPA believes this legislation is critical to the fiscal health of Maryland, our businesses, and our taxpayers, and we are asking Congress to provide the relief our country needs.

“We have worked on this initiative for the last decade, but the pandemic makes it an imperative,” said MACPA President and CEO Tom Hood, CPA. “Adding complex and costly multi-state compliance on top of the challenges facing small businesses and many of our firms makes this a huge priority.”

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