Garbarino Introducing Legislation Waiving State Income Taxes for Out of State Healthcare Workers during Pandemic

May 8, 2020

Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino (R,C,I-Sayville) and Sen. Phil Boyle (R-Bay Shore) will be introducing legislation that will waive New York state income taxes for healthcare workers, first responders, and other professionals who came from out of state to provide assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our frontline workers have been so critical at keeping our communities safe and New Yorkers healthy during the coronavirus pandemic response. We cannot thank them enough, but we would like to show our gratitude in a more tangible way by waiving their New York state income taxes,” said Garbarino. “For every professional who came to New York to help and the others who have been here from the beginning, thank you. You are our heroes and we will fight for you as you fight for us.”

“These good Samaritans came to New York, literally risking their lives to protect us, during this global pandemic. It is ridiculous to now require them to pay our state income taxes which, of course, are probably higher than the income taxes in their home states,” said Boyle. “These brave professionals came to New York state, the epicenter of this pandemic, to help save us. Despite any economic issues we now have in Albany, requiring them to pay New York State income taxes is no way to treat our heroes.”

New York State Tax Law requires that any individual who works in our state for more than 14 days must pay New York state income taxes on money earned here. The Governor has stated that he will not make an exception for these out of state workers.