Dancer bill would exempt non-resident emergency responders from paying New Jersey Taxes during pandemic

Dancer bill would exempt non-resident emergency responders from paying New Jersey Taxes during pandemic

TRENTON, N.J. – Assemblyman Ron Dancer introduced a bill Thursday to exempt non-resident licensed professionals, such as doctors and nurses who responded to the state’s call for assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic, from New Jersey’s income tax for their work.

“We asked these good people to come to our state in a moment of crisis and now they get a hefty tax bill instead of our heartfelt thanks,” said Dancer (R-Ocean). “In New Jersey, we don’t punish those who come to our aid.  Maybe it’s different in Massachusetts, but I don’t think so.”

The exclusion is limited only to income received by qualified taxpayers during the public health emergency pursuant to Executive Order No. 103, and for the four months immediately succeeding its expiration.

The Murphy administration temporarily waived rules in March for out-of-state health care providers to offer services to Garden State residents and opened a website under the Department of Consumer Affairs to facilitate licensing.

As cases skyrocketed and deaths mounted in April, Murphy pleaded for out-of-state professionals to come assist New Jersey saying, “This army can always use reinforcements.”

“I served in the Army and while the days were long and the food was sometimes bad, we never had a leader give us a tax bill for the sole privilege of serving our state and nation,” said Dancer.  “We need to pass this bill and send a note of thanks – not a tax notice – to these heroes who came here in our time of need.”