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  • letters to the Administration, Members of the House and Senate requested additional guidance on the President’s payroll tax deferral proposa
    Sep 10, 2020

    SUMMARY:  In separate letters to the Administration, Members of the House and Senate requested additional guidance on the President’s payroll tax deferral proposal, including whether federal employees will be forced to participate.

    As you may know, on August 8 the President signed an Executive Order (EO) which deferred the employee portion of Social Security payroll taxes for certain individuals. On August 28, the Treasury Department and IRS released guidance providing additional detail for the implementation of this Order, however, employees are still missing critical information on this deferral and many questions remain.

    In the absence of sufficient guidance on this EO, Members of the House and Senate sent separate letters to the Administration requesting additional guidance, including whether federal employees will be forced to participate. 

    In the House, Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) was joined by 17 members of the House Ways and Means Committee in a letter to the Departments of Treasury, Agriculture and OPM requesting clarity on the payroll tax deferral, including whether federal workers would be allowed to opt out, and what steps agencies will take to inform federal workers of their lower take home pay in 2021. A copy of the letter is attached.

                Likewise, concern over the lack of clarity to the payroll tax deferral and its potential adverse impact on federal workers led  Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and bi-partisan coalition of 22 Senators to write to the Department of Treasury and OMB urging federal workers be allowed to choose whether to defer their payroll taxes, rather than be forced to participate, and requesting the Administration provide more information on how agencies will implement the payroll tax deferral.  A copy of the letter is attached.

    NTEU greatly appreciates the letters from the House and Senate seeking more information about the President’s payroll tax deferral, and in particular, the adverse impact it may have on federal workers that are not fully informed about the consequences of this proposal. We will continue working with our supporters in Congress to obtain more information about the payroll tax deferral and will be sure to share with you any additional details as they become available.

    Anthony M. Reardon

    National President

    Attachments


    Download:
    Sen Letter to Treasury and OMB on payroll tax deferral FINAL.pdf
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