New England Lawmakers Introduce Bill On Multi-State Tax Disputes

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up tax dispute between Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Monday -- and now a group of New England lawmakers are trying to prevent a similar issue from playing out in the future.

The group, which includes U.S. Reps. Chris Pappas and Annie Kuster of New Hampshire, and U.S. Reps. Jim Himes and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, is behind the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act.

The bill would prevent any state from taxing income that a non-resident earns when they are not physically present in that state.

It comes on the heels of the Supreme Court decision to drop a lawsuit filed by New Hampshire against Massachusetts regarding the same issue.

READ MORE: Supreme Court Declines To Take Up Massachusetts-N.H. Tax Battle

In a statement, Rep. Pappas said the ability of Massachusetts or any other state to tax people should "stop at the state line."

"For the nearly one in five Granite Staters employed by companies out of state, every dollar they can keep in their pockets makes a difference, especially as we recover from the pandemic," he said.

Reps. Himes also said in a statement that if you "wake up every morning in Connecticut, and walk downstairs to your home office in Connecticut," you should pay taxes to Connecticut -- instead of the state the company's headquarters is based in -- like New York or Massachusetts.

WBZ NewsRadio's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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