Griffo pushing for tax exemptions for health care workers, first responders

Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, is introducing a bill that would establish an income tax exemption for medical workers and first responders in New York who are on the front lines fighting the spread of coronavirus.

Posted: Apr 9, 2020 10:12 AM
Updated: Apr 9, 2020 10:23 AM

Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, is introducing a bill that would establish an income tax exemption for medical workers and first responders in New York who are on the front lines fighting the spread of coronavirus.

Firefighters, emergency medical technicians, law enforcement personnel, doctors, nurses and other emergency and health care workers would be eligible.

The tax holiday would apply for a period of four months, with an option for the commissioner of the state Department of Taxation and Finance to extend the law further if the virus continues past the current cutoff date.

“We are fighting an invisible enemy and our first responders and health care workers are on the front lines every day,” said Griffo. “They and their families, along with all essential employees, deserve our gratitude for their efforts and the work that they do during this challenging time. My bill is one way that we can say thank you to the men and women who get up every day and go about their daily routine despite a significant threat to their own well-being and that of their families.”

Similar legislation was also introduced in Congress that would create a federal income tax exemption for essential medical workers and first responders.

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