Neal Requests Guidance on Family and Medical Leave Laws for Massachusetts Taxpayers

Jun 3, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard E. Neal (D-MA) sent a letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Chief Counsel Michael J. Desmond, urging the agency to issue clarifying guidance on Massachusetts’ family and medical leave laws that are funded by a mix of employee and employer payroll taxes. 
“Expedited guidance for taxpayers subject to these laws is crucial,” wrote Chairman Neal. “Millions of taxpayers – both employers and employees – will soon be subject to mandatory contributions with uncertain federal tax consequences. The Massachusetts plan raises particularly novel issues because of the built-in variability in the amount of contributions made by employers and employees, respectively.”
Given that contributions to the Massachusetts family and medical leave programs begin on July 1, Chairman Neal emphasized the need for the IRS to provide clarity for taxpayers swiftly. 
Full text of Chairman Neal’s letter is available HERE.