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

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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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"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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Strategic Alliances

Association of Contingency Planners
ACP is the premier, organization for business continuity professionals providing a powerful networking and learning environment for its members. Known for its progressive programs, workshops and symposiums, the organization has become a unifying force in defining and leading the continuously evolving fields of business continuity, disaster recovery, and emergency response (the “profession”). The Organization is strategically aligned with business partners such as DRI International, and BC Management, as well as our corporate sponsors. With a strong presence in North America, the ACP has 43 chapters and over 2450 members. We welcome all individuals, regardless of experience or certification, with an interest in the Profession. 

Founded in 1983, we are an established community of industry experts, educators, practitioners, leaders, facilitators and advocates. Our members view us as connectors and as a vital networking source.

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The Tech Council of Maryland (TCM) is the largest technology trade association in the state with more than 500 members and representing 250,000 people in Maryland and the region. TCM has two major divisions: MdTech, which services the advanced technology community, and MdBio for the region’s biotechnology community.


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The Alliance to Save Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes energy efficiency worldwide through research, education and advocacy. We encourage business, government, environmental and consumer leaders to use energy efficiency as a means to achieve a healthier economy, a cleaner environment and greater energy security. We work with a variety of people and groups to:
•    Prove that business can be efficient and make money at the same time
•    Educate consumers about the impact of energy choices – especially on their wallets
•    Ensure that lawmakers build smart and fiscally sound energy policy
•    Carry the message of efficiency to established and developing economies around the globe

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Teletrips, Inc. founded in 1999, is a group of affiliated businesses providing benefits and services to help reduce commuter traffic, and thereby improve air quality, reduce energy consumption and improve the quality of life within a community. The core goal is to promote sustainable urban development through the development of incentive based approaches to commuter trip reduction, particularly through the implementation of telework programs within the private and public sector.

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Stargazer Foundation, a nonprofit 501 C3 public charity, offers leading Web-based access, support, and collaboration software and services, including: SmartWeb Portals, the most powerful single solution for communication, document sharing, remote applications, and cost-effective solution for conducting online meetings. With Stargazer’s real-time, on-demand collaboration solutions, companies can quickly communicate without investing in expensive equipment, installation or training. Stargazer also offers free ReadyLinks for individuals to prepare for and communicate during any type of emergency. Stargazer has won awards for their interoperability with government agencies in the Washington DC area, and will continue to leverage technology for the greater good.

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