Sununu sends warning to Charlie Baker on Mass. tax regulation

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CONCORD, N.H. – The fight between New Hampshire and Massachusetts over where some Granite Staters have actually been working over the past few months has another update.

On Friday, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu, New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and New Hampshire Business and Economic Affairs Commissioner Taylor Caswell sent separate letters to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. All three letters demanded the cessation of a new emergency regulation taxing New Hampshire residents who normally work in Massachusetts but have not done so recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“These comments articulate our serious policy and legal concerns with Granite Staters being taxed in Massachusetts when they have not crossed the state line in months due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Sununu. “It is my hope that this matter can be resolved promptly and in a manner that removes any necessity for New Hampshire to consider legal remedies.”

Recently, Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH) also introduced legislation that would prohibit Massachusetts or any state from taxing out-of-state workers that work remotely in their home states.

Governor Chris Sununu’s cover letter to Governor Charlie Baker can be found here.

Attorney General Gordon MacDonald’s letter to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue can be found here.

BEA Commissioner Taylor Caswell’s letter to the Massachusetts Department of Revenue can be found here.

The Massachusetts Department of Revenue will be holding a remote public hearing about the emergency regulation on Aug. 27.

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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.