Huizenga Introduces HEROES Act in Support of First Responders and Medical Professionals Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Today, Congressman Bill Huizenga (MI-02) introduced H.R. 6433, the Helping Emergency Responders Overcome Emergency Situations (HEROES) Act of 2020. The HEROES Act will provide a four month federal income tax holiday for medical professionals and first responders, in counties with at least one positive COVID-19 patient, including: law enforcement officers, corrections officers, firefighters, EMT’s, paramedics, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, doctors, hospital and licensed medical facility support staff, and senior care facility staff during the coronavirus outbreak.
“Medical professionals and first responders across America are serving on the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus.” said Congressman Bill Huizenga. “The HEROES Act provides a way for the federal government to say thank you for the courage, dedication, and care given by these individuals in the face of the unprecedented threat posed by the coronavirus.”
The HEROES Act is modeled after how members of the military serving in combat zones designated by the Department of Defense are exempted from having to pay federal tax on their income. The legislation also provides the Secretary of the Treasury with the ability to extend the tax holiday for up to an additional three months.