Shaheen Statement on SCOTUS Decision to Decline NH Case On Out-of-State Income Tax Collection
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to decline hearing a lawsuit filed by New Hampshire arguing that Massachusetts violated New Hampshire’s sovereignty by altering income tax collection rules. Senators Shaheen and Hassan recently introduced legislation to address this, which would prevent other states from taxing Granite Staters who telework for companies located in another state.
“I’m very disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision, which I believe punishes New Hampshire workers. This decision is particularly brutal for those who fought to keep their heads above water amid the financial fallout of the pandemic – every action should be taken to make things easier for our working families as we recover from COVID-19, not harder,” said Shaheen. “Our nation experienced an unprecedented crisis that forced businesses and employees to change how they operate in an effort to keep people safe, which is why so many worked from home. It’s disheartening that the Supreme Court is penalizing New Hampshire workers for putting the safety and health of their families and communities first. I’ll continue to pursue legislative solutions in Congress to right this wrong.”
Senator Shaheen has been a long-time critic of out-of-state taxes imposed on New Hampshire residents. Shaheen successfully led efforts to stop the Marketplace Fairness Act, which was first introduced in 2011 to impose these internet sales tax collection requirements. She introduced legislation and wrote a letter with Senator Hassan to stop states with a sales tax from creating red tape for small businesses as a result of the Supreme Court’s Wayfair ruling. Senators Shaheen and Hassan also joined Senator Tester in reintroducing the Stop Taxing Our Potential (STOP) Act to overturn the Wayfair decision.