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  • Payroll Tax Deferral: Congress, NTEU Have Questions
    Sep 10, 2020
    Payroll Tax Deferral: Congress, NTEU Have Questions

    NTEU and members of Congress continue to press the administration for crucial details on the payroll tax deferral.

    Federal employees have received limited information and mixed messages on a program they can't opt out of, National President Tony Reardon said. Last week, he wrote to the Office of Management and Budget detailing a long list of questions about the implementation of the plan, including when the deferral begins and how the money will be repaid next year. The payroll tax deductions are temporary, and federal employees will have to pay back deferred taxes in 2021 unless Congress intervenes.

    Lawmakers are also seeking clarity on this program. Last week, 17 members of the House Ways and Means Committee sent a letter to the administration raising concerns about the initiative and asking for timely answers to key questions about the roll out. "We are especially alarmed that after many businesses and groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have expressed concern about the ramifications of deferral for employers and employees, federal public servants are being used as guinea pigs," wrote the House members, led by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.). Today, a bipartisan group of 23 senators, led by Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), sent a letter to the administration expressing their concern and urging them to provide additional information to Congress and employees.

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