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


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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Supreme Court declined to take up a lawsuit between Massachusetts and New Hampshire on Monday.

New Hampshire had wanted to sue Massachusetts for putting in place a temporary tax law during the COVID-19 pandemic that taxed New Hampshire residents working at Massachusetts-based companies — even though they were working from home.

In the original court filing, New Hampshire said that Massachusetts had taken "deliberate aim at the New Hampshire Advantage" with the law.

Although the Supreme Court decided not to hear the lawsuit in the end, Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito noted that they would take it up.

A number of New Hampshire lawmakers were upset with the Supreme Court's lack of action. New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen said the decision "punishes New Hampshire workers," while Senator Maggie Hassan called it "disappointing and short-sighted."

Gov. Charlie Baker's office remained relatively mum on the issue, though a spokesman did say the Administration "...appreciates the Supreme Court’s decision.”

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