New Law Will Help Commonwealth Recover Faster from Disaster

April 21st, 2015 | Posted by Sarah Jones in Guest Blogs

This week on NVTC’s blog, J. Michael Schweder, president of AT&T Mid-Atlantic, shares information on HB 1386, a measure that gives businesses and employees the ability to focus on responding quickly and efficiently during a state of emergency. AT&T is an NVTC member company.

When disaster strikes, AT&T and other companies send resources and personnel from other states to affected areas on a temporary basis, expediting efforts to clean up, restore, and repair damaged buildings, equipment, and property.
In such situations, businesses and employees can be hampered by an often slow and burdensome process of ensuring that they are in compliance with the regulatory, tax, and licensing laws of the state that needs assistance.
During declared states of emergency, the primary focus for companies is keeping customers connected and to do so safely and efficiently. Gov. Terry McAuliffe recently signed HB 1386, a measure that eliminates these obstacles and gives businesses and employees the ability to focus on responding quickly and efficiently to the needs of the Commonwealth and its citizens.
The new law eliminates any requirement for an out-of-state business or employee to register, file, and/or remit state or local taxes, or be subject to any state licensing or registration requirements, for a set period of time. Businesses and employees still will be responsible for payment of state and local sales taxes on all purchases, including food and lodging, while in the Commonwealth to address the emergency. And, employees will be responsible for all taxes owed to their home states.
The bill was the result of a bi-partisan effort. Del. Lee Ware, the patron of the bill in the House, Senator Walter Stosch, and Delegate Terry Kilgore, were integral to the successful passage of this important measure.
Virginia is the 13th state in the nation to offer this kind of flexibility to employees and their companies who help a state recover from the effects of declared emergencies.

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