President’s Corner

TelCoa thanks U.S. Representatives Jim Himes, Rosa DeLauro, and Elizabeth Esty for introducing the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act, H.R. 4085, 113th Congress.

We strongly support this crucial legislation. The bill would finally eliminate the telecommuter tax, a steep penalty often resulting in double taxation of income that interstate telecommuters earn at home. The telecommuter tax unfairly burdens telecommuters and their employers and limits telework adoption. Congress must make the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act law!

TelCoa and other advocates are working to secure the bill’s enactment, but we need your help!

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Guest Columnist

Make the tax system safe for interstate telecommuting: pass H.R. 4085

This is reprinted from the OUPblog. Information on subscribing to this is available at the end of this article.

By Edward Zelinsky

Telecommuting benefits employers, employees, and society at large. Telecommuting expands work opportunities for the disabled, for those who live far from major metropolitan areas, and for the parents of young children who value the ability to work at home. Telecommuting also removes cars from our crowded highways and enables employers to hire from a wider and more diverse pool of potential employees.

It is thus anomalous that New York State’s personal income tax discourages interstate telecommuting by taxing the compensation non-resident telecommuters earn on the days such telecommuters work at their out-of-state homes. Under the misleading label “convenience of the employer,” New York subjects telecommuters to double income taxation by their state of residence as well as by New York – even though New York provides non-resident telecommuters with no public services on the days such interstate telecommuters work at their out-of-state homes outside of New York’s borders.

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Hot Topics & Links

"Working from home not for everyone, but it can still be a 'win-win' for many workers and employers" is an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer featuring TelCoa President Chuck Wilsker and Advisory Board member Diane Stegmeier.

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Thanks to constantly evolving information technologies (IT), interactions and relationships between buyers and sellers, organizations and their members, customers, and clients, employers and employees, and coworkers have been going virtual, at the speed of light. Information and software based applications are being digitized allowing online delivery through wireless connectivity, VoIP, e-mail, text messaging and videoconferencing, which are replacing traditional landlines, phone systems, and the need to travel for either work or meetings.

It has become obvious that current transportation based solutions which perpetuate inefficient working conditions, congestion, increased energy usage, harmful emissions, and the concentration of workers in overcrowded, ‘event prone’, urban areas are obsolete. They represent yesterday’s thinking and technology ~ tired, old, and inefficient.  Plus, they will cost hundreds of billions of dollars to repair or replace, take years to show results, and are frequently outdated upon completion.

The Telework Coalition (TelCoa) believes the way forward is to encourage interactions on the congestion-free, green, safe, energy efficient, and disaster-resilient ‘Information Super Highway’.

Join us in urging Federal, State, and local decision makers to support legislation aimed at enabling, encouraging, and incentivizing the use of current information technologies along with necessary policies, processes and procedures ()  rather than relying on yesterday’s industrial age business models and transportation modes.

While everyone strives for economic, energy and environmental () improvements, by partnering with us we can all turn this ‘New Way of Working’ into a reality for extraordinary levels of accomplishment, quality of life, sustainability, energy efficiency and security, and create new job opportunities for all including rural, disabled, and older workers who will be able to work regardless of their location.

Reducing commuting costs is like receiving a pay raise, avoiding real estate expense has prevented many layoffs, and teleworking provides jobs equally without deference to geography.

The Telework Coalition’s formula for

Successful Work Today and Tomorrow’

IT+P³ = E³ ™

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