Washington, DC –ABA applauds the introduction of the FRNT LINE (Financial Relief Noting The Large Impact Of Our Nation’s Essential Employees) Act, introduced on July 21, 2020 by Senator Joni Ernst (R – IA).
The FRNT LINE Act will provide income tax relief for essential workers as defined by the recent Department of Homeland Security guidance identifying essential critical infrastructure. The income tax level will be set at the level of pay for the highest-paid enlisted person in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“The baking industry and their suppliers are rising to the occasion every day to ensure the food supply for our communities,” said Robb MacKie, President and CEO, American Bakers Association. “We appreciate Senator Ernst’s leadership in introducing this bill, which will provide tax relief to the essential workers who continue to support the American people throughout this public health emergency.”
Additionally, the bill will provide payroll tax relief by suspending federal payroll taxes to essential workers who earn up to $50,000 annually. The legislation provides for tax relief beginning April 1, 2020, and will end on the date the federal emergency declaration is lifted (as by the President of the United States under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic), with an automatic sunset on December 31, 2020.
In a poll of nearly 2,000 registered voters from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) conducted by Morning Consult found 79% registered voters support offering temporary tax relief amid the coronavirus pandemic to food production workers. The IDFA poll conducted by Morning Consult also revealed 90% of voters believe agricultural and food production workers are essential workers amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
“The right thing to do is very clear,” added MacKie. “We urge the Senate to pass the FRNT LINE Act to demonstrate to our baking industry workers they are essential, they are appreciated, today and always.”
For a one-pager on Ernst’s FRNT LINE Act, click here.
For bill text of the FRNT LINE Act, click here.