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Webinar | March 2021

Going the Distance II: Remote Work Implications for State Income Tax Collections

Cody Allen

As a consequence of the ongoing pandemic, many individuals and businesses have implemented short- and long-term shifts to teleworking. As nine states - including three in the South - do not levy individual income taxes, this work-from-home transition has led to a sizeable virtual workforce whose employers may be located in a state with a very different income tax structure than the one in which employees now reside and work. This program examines how this transition may impact state income tax collections and also explores the arguments over a state income tax collections case – New Hampshire v. Massachusetts – pending petition before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Presentations:

Richard Cram, Director, National Nexus Program Mutlistate Tax Commission, Washington, D.C.
Mobile Workforce Legislation: An Analysis by the Multistate Tax Commission


Policy Analysis | March 2021

Unemployment in the SLC Region Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

Roger Moore

Disclaimer: On November 30, 2020, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the U.S. Department of Labor inaccurately reported the number of people filing for unemployment benefits during the pandemic. Due to the historic number of individuals filing for benefits beginning in March 2020, and states' frequent backlogs processing the claims, the traditional method of reporting unemployment did not accurately capture the number of unique individuals claiming benefits, according to the GAO report. For example, if a person filed for five weeks of benefits in a given week, the Department of Labor typically counted it as five separate claimants, not one. This method of reporting normally is a reliable proxy for the number of unique individuals claiming benefits, but it did not account for states' processing delays and claimants retroactively applying for benefits during the pandemic. While the absolute figures may not be accurate, the trend levels remain helpful for understanding the overall employment outlook.

This SLC Policy Analysis was concluded on March 26, 2021. For additional information regarding the Department of Labor data, please contact Roger Moore at rmoore@csg.org.

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Webinar | March 2021

Utilizing Workshare Programs During Economic Downturns

Roger Moore

Workshare programs, also known as short-time compensation, allow businesses to temporarily reduce employees' hours, rather than resorting to layoffs, during economic downturns. Approved workshare programs allow employees to qualify for a percentage of unemployment benefits, determined by the amount of time their hours have been cut. Designed to reduce overall unemployment, worksharing has the potential to benefit businesses and workers, while also supporting state unemployment coffers by reducing the total amount paid toward unemployment claims. Currently, more than two dozen states have approved workshare programs. This virtual program provides an overview of worksharing, how it has been used during the current economic downturn, and what actions states can take to utilize such programs in the future.

Presentations:

Keerthi Sugumaran, Attorney at Law, Jackson Lewis P.C., Boston.

2020-2021
Chair

Representative
Manly Barton

Mississippi

2020-2021
Vice Chair

Representative
Nathaniel Ledbetter

Alabama

Immediate
Past Chair

Representative
Jeanie Lauer

Missouri

Committee
Liaison
Roger Moore

Roger Moore
Senior Policy Analyst


The SLC Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee examines issues related to infrastructure, transportation, economic progress and cultural strengths in the Southern region. Discussions and reports of the committee have focused on Southern state actions to bring manufacturing operations of national and foreign companies to the region, as well as the importance of ports, roads and railways for the movement of manufactured goods. The committee has a long history of studying the impact of the Panama Canal expansion and international trade with Mexico, Canada and China on Southern state economies.

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Southern States' Annual Incomes Rates

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