Bill would extend tax relief to food supply chain workers
U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-15th District, on Tuesday co-introduced a bipartisan bill that would provide a federal tax holiday and a payroll tax exemption for all essential employees in the food and agriculture industry defined by recent Department of Homeland Security guidance.
Also introducing the bill - known as the Assistance and Gratitude for Coronavirus Heroes in Agribusiness who are Invaluable to the Nation, or the AG CHAIN Act - was U.S. Rep. Dwight Evans, a Democrat from Philadelphia.
The provisions would be effective 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 the benefit for an additional three months.
"Food security is national security, and employees in the supply chain are working overtime to ensure crops are harvested, shelves and coolers are stocked, and Americans have food on the table," Thompson said in a news release. "These men and women provide a critical service day in and day out, and we are particularly grateful for their commitment to feeding and fueling the nation as we continue to address the challenges associated with COVID-19."