As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect people across the country, states have extended their guidance regarding nexus and withholding requirements. Here are some recent state developments.
The Massachusetts Department of Revenue has extended pandemic-related state income taxation, withholding, and nexus rules that have been in effect on an emergency basis since April and apply from March 10, 2020.The requirements are now scheduled to expire 90 days after the COVID-19 state of emergency is lifted [TIR 20-15, 12-8-20]. New Hampshire has filed a lawsuit over these rules, which may be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Under emergency regulations that were extended again to January 18, 2021, income of employees who are nonresidents working outside of the state solely due to the pandemic will continue to be treated as Rhode Island-source income for withholding tax purposes [Department of Revenue, Division of Taxation News, 11-23-20].
The South Carolina Department of Revenue has issued additional guidance, effective from March 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021, stating that it will not use the temporary change of an employee’s work location during the COVID-19 relief period to impose withholding tax requirements [Information Letter #20-29, 11-30-20].
Courtesy of: Lia Coniglio, Esq, APA.