Gov Cuomo Says Medical Workers Who Voluntarily Traveled To NY Must Pay State Income Tax

PIX11 reports health care workers that came to New York to help fight the coronavirus pandemic at its epicenter will have to pay state taxes, according to the governor.

He addressed the issues Tuesday at a news conference.

“We’re not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “So there’s a lot of good things I’d like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I’m gonna spend more money, when I can’t even pay the essential services.”

Even though the state government asked thousands of people to come to New York from out of state to help fight coronavirus, they will have to pay New York state taxes, even on income they might make from their home states that they’re paid while in New York.

Cuomo said he needs help from Washington in order to cover budget deficits from COVID-19, let alone subsidize state income tax for essential workers that flocked to New York’s aid.

DailyCaller reports New York City, the national epicenter of the virus outbreak, was in dire need of additional medical workers due to the influx of coronavirus patients at hospitals.

In late March, Cuomo made a plea to the nation’s health care workers to “please come help us in New York right now. We need relief,” NPR reported.

Cuomo said Tuesday that he needs help from Washington to cover the budget deficit created by the pandemic, and subsidizing state income tax for the health care workers that heeded his call isn’t feasible, according to  PIX 11.

“If we don’t get more money from Washington, we can’t fund schools, right, so at the rate we want to fund them. We are in dire financial need,” he said.

Samaritan’s Purse, the Christian humanitarian aid organization that sent volunteers to New York to set up a temporary hospital, wasn’t aware that their organization would have to pay the state income tax.

“Our financial comptroller called me, and he said, ‘Do you know that all of you are going to be liable for New York state income tax?’ Ken Isaacs, the Vice President of the organization told PIX 11.

“I said, ‘What?’”