There are no good deeds that ever go unpunished. Old sayings like this one endure for long periods of time because they are true. This story is a prime example. New York City has been leveled by the COVID-19 outbreak and their leaders can’t seem to stop failing them completely. What more do you expect from Bill de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo, though?
At first, they issued an all-points bulletin that was designed to solicit the necessary volunteers to boost various health care resources. Thousands of responses came pouring in. New York residents received help from their employers, who were willing to continue to pay their salaries.
This allowed them to assist various New Yorkers who are in need. Now that these leaders believe that the crisis is over, these heroes are going to be receiving quite the souvenir. Instead of receiving a medal of honor or something along those lines, Andrew Cuomo wants to stick these folks with a tax bill.
We wish that we were surprised by what we are hearing but this is par for the course for them. These health care workers came to his state to help out and this is how Cuomo repays them? These issues came up during a press conference on Tuesday. He claims that the state is not in a place where they can offer any subsidies to the people who have sacrificed so much to help them.
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 went on to say that there are so many nice things that he wants to do but the federal deficit is just too high! Can you believe that he is claiming not to be able to pay for essential services? It seems like he probably should have thought about that before he asked a bunch of out of state residents to uproot their lives.
These people dropped everything to help him clean up the mess that he made and this is what they are getting in return. Thousands of people risked their health and safety to help out but that does not matter to Cuomo. He probably knew that these issues would arise at some point before he even asked them to come but that did not stop him.
They are going to be asked to pay taxes on the income that they garnered while helping out the state of New York. In addition to this indignity, they are also required to pay taxes on any income that they take home out of state. Someone make this make sense. We do not know how Andrew Cuomo is able to sleep at night.
The volunteers had no idea that they were going to be subjected to this taxation. That’s not the type of surprise that anyone likes to get. We are sure that they would have stayed put if they had known what they were in for. Samaritan’s Purse went out of their way to set up a temporary hospital in the Big Apple and their workers are also being asked to pay taxes.
No one told them that they were in the process of creating a massive tax liability. This seems like something that should have come up already. Ken Isaacs is the vice president of Samaritan’s Purse. This organization is a nonprofit that took time out of their busy schedule to help the city of New York. Isaacs says that he had no idea what was taking place until their financial comptroller came to him.
Ken Isaacs, the vice president of Samaritan’s Purse, a nonprofit organization that set up a temporary hospital in Central Park to help with the pandemic, told PIX 11 he was shocked to learn that workers who volunteered to come to the state would have to pay the state’s 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?’ I said, ‘What?’ [The comptroller] said, ‘Yeah, there’s a law. If you work in New York State for more than 14 days, you have to pay state income tax,’” Isaacs said.
Isaacs noted that the situation could be a nightmare for organizations and their employees as they deal with the “bureaucracy and the paperwork” that comes with filing in multiple states.
As it turns out, anyone who works in the state of New York for at least 14 days is subjected to these taxes, whether they realize it or not. If there was ever a time to bend those rules, it would be now. We hope that Cuomo comes to his senses eventually. Organizations that were simply trying to help are now left to pick up the pieces. They will be buried in paperwork because of the good deed that they tried to do.
My statement on Samaritan's Purse:
It is time for Samaritan's Purse to leave NYC. This group, led by the notoriously bigoted, hate-spewing Franklin Graham, came at a time when our city couldn't in good conscience turn away any offer of help. That time has passed. 1/
— NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson (@NYCSpeakerCoJo) May 1, 2020
Samaritan’s Purse was also read the riot act by New York City council speaker Corey Johnson. He wants them removed from the city entirely because their Christian values do not agree with him. They are being accused of being bigoted and full of hate speech. We are sure that they are more than happy to leave at this point. Could they get their money first, at least?
The next time New York City is experiencing a major crisis, they are going to be hard-pressed to find volunteers that are willing to help. When they make their next request, they are going to be lucky to receive any reply at all!