Wheatley supports bill to exempt federal COVID-19 payments from state, local taxation

HARRISBURG, May 4 – A measure to ensure Pennsylvanians who received federal pandemic cash payments would not be required to pay state or local taxes on those funds unanimously passed the House today, state Rep. Jake Wheatley announced.

Wheatley said H.B. 2408, introduced by state Rep. Brandon Markosek, also D-Allegheny, would ensure those who received the funds, would not be required to pay those taxes. The funds, which originated from the CARES Act, are already exempt from federal taxation and provided cash payments to individuals making less than $99,000 per year and couples making less than $198,000 annually, he added.

“We know that our residents are hurting and struggling to stay afloat, and to have them pay state and local taxes on the very funds designed to help them would add insult to injury,” Wheatley said. “That’s why I supported House Bill 2408, because we need to do all we can to help Pennsylvanians through this crisis, now and in the weeks and months to come.”

The bill, which has companion legislation in the Senate, now heads to the Senate for further action.