NCC this week joined a broad coalition of food and agriculture associations in a letter to the U.S. Senate requesting tax relief for essential workers, including the men and women working tirelessly to ensure that our food supply chain continues to operate for the benefit of all American citizens.

Specifically, the groups asked to include the FRNT LINE Act (S. 4213), recently introduced by Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), in the COVID-19 relief package that is currently under consideration in Congress. Under Ernst’s bill, federal income taxes would be suspended for essential workers up to an annual income cap set at the highest level of pay for an enlisted person in the U.S. Armed Forces. Additionally, the bill would provide suspension of federal payroll taxes for essential workers who earn up to $50,000 annually.

“Including this legislation in the coronavirus relief package that Congress is currently considering would be a tangible way to demonstrate our support for essential workers as they serve the nation during this difficult time while also incentivizing their continued commitment to work,” the groups wrote. “As Congress considers additional legislation to respond to the widespread health and economic challenges posed by the novel coronavirus, we urge you to include tax relief for essential workers as part of the next legislative package that Congress passes.”