Lawmakers Introduce Measure to Establish Tax Holiday for Convenience Store, Grocery Employees
Representatives Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) and Dwight Evans (D-Pa.) introduced the Giving Retailers and Our Convenience Employees Relief Act, or GROCER Act, which would establish a federal tax holiday for grocery and convenience store employees from Feb. 15 through June 15 for individuals making less than $75,000 annually. The bill would also provide discretion to the Treasury to extend this benefit for an additional three months.
NATSO President and CEO Lisa Mullings expressed support for the measure in a statement issued by Reps. Thompson and Evans.
"Travel center employees are on the front lines of America's fight against COVID-19, ensuring that our nation's truck drivers have places to eat, rest, and refuel as they deliver food and other essential supplies throughout the country,” Mullings said. “Travel centers and truckstops remain open 24 hours a day, and that's because of their heroic employees. NATSO is extraordinarily grateful to Representatives Thompson and Evans for recognizing the essential work that these travel center and truckstop employees are doing day in and day out."
The measure also was supported by the National Grocers Association and National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).
Rep. Thompson said that grocery and convenience store workers are among the unsung heroes of the battle with COVID-19 and have played a vital role in the national food supply chain. “The GROCER Act is a simple way of saying 'thank you' to the men and women who put themselves on the front lines, sanitizing, stocking, and serving communities by putting a little more of their hard earned money back in their paychecks,” Rep. Thompson said.
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