Imagine that you have a neighbor that lives all alone and is so sick that they can’t take care for themselves and you volunteer to take care of them until they get better. In order to do so, you leave your family behind for a few days and you have to spend night after night in your neighbor’s home, making sure he or she takes their medicine, and that their temperature doesn’t go up too much. In the process, you’ve consumed electricity and some food that your neighbor had in his/her house.
Now your neighbor is doing much better and you’re ready to go back home to continue taking care of your family. Before you leave your neighbor’s home, he/she hands a bill over to you with all that you consumed during the time you spent there, that they expect you to pay: electricity, cereal, milk, bread, etc plus rent. You are shocked, because you left your own family and didn’t take care of them just to take care of your neighbor, and THIS is the thanks you get?
That’s what’s happening to the hundreds of volunteer health care workers who left their families to go to New York to help the State and its COVID-19 patients during this pandemic.
You see, Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that volunteer health care workers who traveled to NY to help his people out will have to pay State Income Tax there for as long as they were in the State doing their jobs. Here’s what he said during his Tuesday news conference:
"We're not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit […] If we don't get more money from Washington, we can't fund schools, right, so at the rate we want to fund them. We are in dire financial need".
The issue first came up when the temporary hospital in Central Park was being erected by Samaritan’s Purse, a humanitarian aid organization led by Franklin Graham:
"Our financial comptroller called me, and he said, 'Do you know that all of you are going to be liable for New York state income tax?'" said Ken Isaacs, a Vice President for Samaritan's Purse. "I said, 'What?' [The comptroller] said, 'Yeah, there's a law. If you work in New York State for more than 14 days, you have to pay state income tax.' I didn't know that."
Isaacs said he’s actually more concerned by the paperwork that will go into paying those taxes:
"I think that once that's unleashed...once you start filing that, you have to do that for like a whole year or something," he said.
According to a partner at accounting firm Spielman, Koenigsberg & Parker, LLP, entities from "these other states will have to register in New York and do withholding here in New York."
Any out-of-state resident who's come to New York to work on Coronavirus relief is subject to the tax after 14 days, just like any other worker in New York who goes to the State to work on anything else. The tragedy here is that all these people were moved by compassion and did what they felt was right to help their fellow Americans…and THIS is the thanks they get?
Not only that, it was Cuomo himself who ASKED for help from all of these people. So did New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. They both asked for help. Imagine that! Many of these health care workers are collecting paychecks from companies back in their home states, which allowed them to go to New York to volunteer, and now they're obligated to pay State Income Tax...
The insanity of this is unbelievable. Who in their right mind would go to New York to help the next time something like this happens? The people of New York are mostly liberals who elect people like Cuomo, who has the highest Coronavirus mortality rate IN THE NATION. The governor has caused more deaths than needed, and now he wants to collect income tax from the very people he BEGGED for help? Why would anyone want to do this again in the future? Particularly if New York INSISTS on electing corrupt and incompetent people like De Blasio or Cuomo? The 13 Billion Deficit was NOT created by COVID-19 – this deficit was built up by years of incompetent management by Cuomo himself.
I won’t EVER go to New York for as long as this insanity continues. After all, Cuomo himself said conservatives are not welcome in New York a few years ago. Why pay them to be insulted like this?
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