New York: Thanks For Helping And Putting Your Life On The Line. Did We Mention The Tax?

This is a new low – even for New York.

After thousands of people in the medical profession from out of state answered New York’s desperate call for help and traveled to New York on their own dime, this is how New York repays them for their efforts and caring:

NEW YORK — Health care workers that came to New York to help fight the coronavirus pandemic at its epicenter will have to pay state taxes, according to the governor.

He addressed the issues Tuesday at a news conference.

“We’re not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “So there’s a lot of good things I’d like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I’m gonna spend more money, when I can’t even pay the essential services.”

Even though the state government asked thousands of people to come to New York from out of state to help fight coronavirus, they will have to pay New York state taxes, even on income they might make from their home states that they’re paid while in New York. (emphasis ours)

Arguably, it is not New York “subsidizing ” the workers, but the workers subsidizing New York and the government there. It was the workers who put their lives on the line. It was the workers that took their own money and paid their way to the state to answer a call that New York put out. They didn’t have to answer, but they did. Now New York is slapping them with an income tax bill.

What may be most infuriating is the case of Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian medical-relief organization with a sterling record of providing aid across the globe, whenever and wherever emergency help is needed.

The group is led by Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham and has religious beliefs that counter some people. For example, they believe that homosexuality is a sin, and that marriage is between a man and a woman. Yet their beliefs did not stop them from setting up a 300 bed hospital in Central Part that treated everyone that came to them. They didn’t ask what the patients believe, they saw a need and tried to help fix it.

They did this at their own expense.

The hospital was set up without funding from New York and paid for with donations.

Now the City wants to tax the workers for answering the call for assistance.

Even worse, some in New York wants the group gone.

Samaritan’s Purse is an avowedly religious group. It makes no bones about the fact that its good deeds are an image of its faith in the Gospels. As such, its employees are people who subscribe to the group’s religious beliefs — as would be the case in any religious organization, whether the Catholic Church or Orthodox Jewish or what have you.

As an organization, Samaritan’s Purse doesn’t believe in gay marriage, and that apparently is enough to make it persona non grata to some New Yorkers, including Mayor de Blasio, who vowed to investigate the group — just when it was getting started with its rescue mission.

Rather than welcome the group’s unselfish sacrifice, our local bigs greeted it with suspicion and hostility, thus treating the pandemic as one more culture-war battle line, rather than an opportunity to unite across the old divides.

City bureaucrats pestered the group for information about its cultural practices. Four local Democratic members of Congress — Reps. Jerry Nadler, Carolyn Maloney, Adriano Espaillat and AOC — sent a letter to Mount Sinai expressing their “concern” about the group’s efforts and demanding to know how it had received permission to operate in Central Park.

Mount Sinai pointed out that “the virus kills people of every religious belief, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation” and that Samaritan’s Purse treats all patients. But that wasn’t good enough. A well-practiced culture warrior, Johnson was the group’s most vehement, and least gracious, enemy.

Now that the crisis has subsided, the field hospital is no longer needed. But there were plans for some Samaritan’s Purse personnel to relocate to Mount Sinai to continue the fight against the virus. But the pressure on the hospital for daring to cooperate with an evangelical group has caused it to decide to sever ties with the organization.

As far as [City Council Speaker Corey] Johnson is concerned, it’s good riddance.

“It is time for Samaritan’s Purse to leave NYC,” he tweeted Friday. “This group, led by the notoriously bigoted, hate-spewing Franklin Graham, came at a time when our city couldn’t in good conscience turn away any offer of help. That time has passed. Their continued presence here is an affront to our values of inclusion, and is painful for all New Yorkers who care deeply about the LGBTQ community.”

Talk about hypocrites. When the City wanted and needed them, they welcomed anyone. Now that those people and groups have helped solved the issue, they are being kicked to the curb.

Ever been to a birthday party at a restaurant where you are required to bring a gift and then find out you are paying for your own meal? Welcome to New York.

Even more distressing is that New York says the person has to pay income tax on monies their companies in their home state provided for them. Of course it is not only the money:

What we’re even more concerned about than the money,” Isaacs continued, “is the bureaucracy, and the paperwork, and I think that once that’s unleashed…once you start filing that, you have to do that for like a whole year or something.”

A top New York City certified public accountant explained the situation further in a FaceTime interview with PIX11 News at the time.

Entities from “these other states will have to register in New York,” said Lawrence Spielman, a partner at the accounting firm Spielman, Koenigsberg & Parker, LLP, “and do withholding here in New York.”

So not only is New York after the money from people who answered the call to help, New York is going to require companies who in the goodness of their heart, let people go to the city and paid them while they were there. In other words, New York is demanding that they have a right to interject themselves into an agreement with a company that is not in their state, did not agree to the laws, had an agreement with the employee, had no say in the taxing law and will be taking tax money away from the people home states.

This is the type of thing that angers people to no end.

Cuomo and the State of New York are being ungrateful twits for the help people offered when New York called.

The medical people and the out of state companies to a person should send Cuomo a message:

“You want to tax us after we helped you out of the crisis that you exacerbated? Come and get it. If you dare.”

One Response to “New York: Thanks For Helping And Putting Your Life On The Line. Did We Mention The Tax?”

  1. Truthful says:

    There really are no words to describe this action, except for greed. It will be of interest to ascertain whether this city tax is legal under the circumstances reported.

    But it will also be telling as to what NYC government deserves and receives should there be future crises. These are the voters’ representatives who fail to serve them well.