By Bernie Becker - 11/05/13 07:36 PM EST
Who says Democrats and Republicans can’t come together on tax policy?
Sens. Sherrod BrownSherrod BrownLawmakers play catch-up as smartphone banking surges Overnight Finance: McConnell offers 'clean' funding bill | Dems pan proposal | Flint aid, internet measure not included | More heat for Wells Fargo | New concerns on investor visas House votes to eliminate Olympic medal tax MORE (D-Ohio) and John ThuneJohn ThuneFive takeaways from the new driverless car guidelines Overnight Tech: Pressure builds ahead of TV box vote | Intel Dems warn about Russian election hacks | Spending bill doesn't include internet measure Sen. Thune slams Dems for protecting Internet transition MORE (R-S.D.) – Finance members who often sit on opposite sides when it comes to tax and fiscal policy – announced new legislation Tuesday that they say would make tax compliance easier for workers who travel frequently.
As it stands, workers can face as many as 41 different state reporting requirements, with some states mandating that workers report as little as one day’s worth of work within their borders.
Brown and Thune’s bill would require that an employee work at least 30 days in a given state before being forced to file there. Business groups like the National Retail Federation, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce are backing the measure.
“This is a great example of government working to reduce burdensome and confusing barriers to help ease the cost of doing business for employers and their workers,” Brown said in a statement.
“Employees and employers shouldn’t be burdened with complex tax reporting requirements because jobs in the modern economy involve work in multiple states,” added Thune.