Letter to President - Concern About Tax Waivers

FLEOA Letter to President Trump Expressing Concern About Tax Waivers

August 31, 2020              

Donald J. Trump             

President of the United States             

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW             

Washington, DC 20530-0001                            


Dear President Trump, 

We write to you today to express our great concern over the presidential memorandum that was issued which would defer federal income taxes federal employee paychecks from September 1, 2020 through the end of the year.  From our understanding, this was done in order to put more money in the pockets of American workers during the coronavirus pandemic. 

While we appreciate this gesture, the directive defers federal income tax withholdings for anyone making less than $104,000 annually, or $4,000 per pay period. The Treasury Department was supposed to issue guidance to implement this order and to find ways to eliminate the obligations for the deferred taxes, but that has yet to occur. 

Our concern lies in the unanticipated tax implications for federal law enforcement officers that may occur in 2021 which may include up to an additional 12% tax burden.  As it now stands, this directive would provide short term relief but a long term negative financial impact on our members.  

We of course understand that this is not the desired or intended effect of your efforts to provide additional financial relief to millions of Americans confronted the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. To thwart  any unintended consequences, we would ask that the Administration, the Treasury Department, and Congress do as Secretary Mnuchin outlined and continue to work together to find a way to permanently waive this tax burden so federal law enforcement officers and other federal employees would not suffer an unintended financial hardship next year.  

We appreciate the effort to ensure all Americans have extra funding during this unprecedented pandemic but caution that before doing so, the unanticipated tax effects for next year must be negated so the money received this year is not paid for with interest next year. 


Larry Cosme

National President

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association