Sen. Victory introduces MiHEROES legislation

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Roger Victory has introduced legislation to provide a four-month state income tax holiday for medical professionals and first responders protecting the public during the COVID-19 emergency.

“First responders and health care professionals across our state are serving on the front lines to protect Michigan families in the fight against the coronavirus,” said Victory, R-Hudsonville. “The MiHEROES Act would be a way for the good people of Michigan to say thank you to these real-life heroes for their courage, care and dedication in the face of this unprecedented public health challenge.”

The Michigan Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations (MiHEROES) Act of 2020 is modeled after federal legislation introduced by Congressman Bill Huizenga.

Senate Bill 900 would allow eligible first responders and medical professionals who provide services to a county with at least one confirmed case of COVID-19 to deduct wages earned between Feb. 15 and June 15 from their 2020 state income taxes.

Eligible first responders would include firefighters, doctors, nurses, paramedics, EMTs, law enforcement and corrections officers, pharmacists, and members of the Michigan National Guard activated during the coronavirus outbreak.

SB 900 also provides the ability to extend the tax holiday for up to an additional three months if approved by both the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee for consideration.

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