Mobile Workforce Bills Gain Support in Congress

August 27, 2014

Highway going into the distanceThe effort in Congress to pass mobile workforce legislation enjoys the most support it has ever had from Members of Congress.  Thirty-six House members and sixteen Senators are now officially on board as cosponsors, which reflect efforts by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) and state CPA societies. 

Recently joining as cosponsors on the House bill, H.R. 1129, the Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act of 2013, are Representatives Ann Kuster (D-N.H.), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), John Barrow (D-Ga.), Joe Garcia (D-Fla.), Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Dennis Ross (R-Fla.), Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.), and Ron DeDantis (R-Fla.). 

New Senate cosponsors of S.1645 include Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.).  S. 1645 is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 1129.

The bills would provide relief from the current web of inconsistent state income tax and withholding rules on nonresident taxpayers that impact both employers and employees.

U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC)Retiring Representative Howard Coble (R-N.C.), one of the two lead sponsors in the House, has been working diligently to get the mobile workforce bill to a vote during the current congressional session.

“Congressman Coble has been tireless in his support of this legislation,” Brady King, AICPA director of congressional and political affairs, said.  “His goal is to see passage of this bill before he leaves Congress at the end of the year, and we are doing everything we can to help him.”

Rep. Coble

In the Senate, the mobile workforce sponsors – Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and John Thune (R-S.D.) – continue to look for a path forward for their bill.

Congress is expected to return to the nation’s capital shortly after Labor Day for several weeks before it recesses in late September for the fall campaign season.

The AICPA has been pushing Congress to enact a workforce mobility bill for more than five years.  For information about the AICPA’s House testimony in support of H.R. 1129, read the story in the May issue of The CPA Advocate.