New Proposed Tax Break for Grocery and Convenience Store Workers
To say they deserve it is an understatement.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in many different ways, one thing it has definitely done is change the definition of the "front lines". Who would have thought that folks that work at grocery and convenience stores would be defined as working on the front lines of anything like this. Not me, but one thing I am sure of is that they need to be shown some extra love in this type of situation.
According to News 10 a new proposed bill could do just that. The bill is being called the Grocer Act, and it was signed off on yesterday and if passed it would provide a bonus to food supply workers who make less than $75,000.
One of the politicians that signed the bill, Pennsylvania Rep. Glenn “G.T.” Thompson said, "This really is a proposal to provide a federal tax holiday for them, where for a period of time, February 15 to June 15, those hours of the day they work during this crisis, they wouldn’t pay a federal income tax."
Another supporter of the bill, Pennsylvania Democrat Dwight Evans said that,"grocery store workers are critically important to all of us and part of the army of front line workers — the grocery food workers are very essential to what takes place in terms of our food and the access of food.”
Evans also said that the idea for the bill comes from a system used for those who serve time in the military overseas. If and when the bill is passed it also asks that the Treasury Department extend it for an additional three months if the current crisis continues beyond June 15th.
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