Follows Governor's Directives to State DOL and Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to Expand Benefits for Workers Seeking Unemployment Insurance and Other Assistance
Also Signs Legislation to Extend Local Property Tax Deadlines by 90 Days for Federal Employees Impacted by Government Shutdown
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today directed the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to waive late payment penalties and suspend collection activities for 90 days after the April 15th income tax return filing deadline for furloughed federal workers. The Governor has also directed the State Department of Labor to accelerate and expand assistance for workers seeking unemployment insurance benefits, and directed the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance to make public assistance benefits available for rent groceries, and utilities for furloughed workers. Additionally, the Governor signed legislation authorizing local governments to extend the deadlines of local property taxes for federal employees affected by the government shutdown.
"While the federal administration played politics with the livelihoods of thousands of workers, the State of New York is once again stepping up to help working families," Governor Cuomo said. "Many New Yorkers have state and local tax bills or installment payments due in the first few months of the year, and the actions we are taking today will provide badly needed relief for federal employees who were forced to miss paychecks because of the federal shutdown. We will always stand with the hardworking women and men of this state and continue to do everything in our power to fight back against Washington's attack on our people."
Under Governor Cuomo's leadership, New York State took several actions to assist New Yorkers and mitigate the impact of the federal shutdown. On January 22, the Governor directed SUNY and CUNY to assist students impacted by the federal shutdown with college-related expenses. Under this direction, SUNY and CUNY postponed tuition and other related payments, and waived late fees and penalties for students who are federal employees, dependents of federal employees, and students dependent on loans from the federal government. In addition, to ensure K-12 students dependent on federal programs for school meals did not go hungry during the shutdown, the Governor called on the State Education Department to provide impacted students with free school meals through the No Student Goes Hungry program.
Under the legislation signed today, local governments and school districts responsible for property tax collections can authorize 90-day extensions of the deadlines for payments owed by furloughed or designated non-pay federal employees, or by their spouses or domestic partners, due to a lapse in discretionary appropriations by the federal government. This 90-day extension would begin upon the end of that lapse in federal appropriations, and interest and penalties would not accrue for unpaid taxes during the extension period.