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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TelCoa’s Top 10 Reasons to Telework©

For the Employer and the Economy:

  • Create Jobs, improve competitive advantage, and foster the ability to better compete in an increasingly globalized economy via Homeshoring/Homesourcing
  • Reduce costs: real estate, facilities, direct labor, business travel, and other overhead expenses; notably liability and health insurance
  • Improve recruiting and retention of skilled labor for enhanced productivity, creativity, and higher quality work product results
  • Provide hope and economic opportunity (especially in rural areas) for service disabled veterans, others with disabilities, older workers who desire to remain in or reenter the workforce, and for part-time employment reducing reliance on benefit programs

 

For the Employee:

  • Better balance family and work responsibilities, become self reliant, and participate more often in local activities
  • Retain a larger percentage of earnings for a higher quality of life and less dependence on outdated over stressed institutions


For the Environment and Society:

  • Lower carbon footprints, greenhouse gas emissions, and improve air and water quality
  • Reduce dependence on foreign energy, especially petroleum
  • Lessen highway congestion, reduce the need for capital intensive  transportation ‘solutions’ (highway, rail, bus, parking garages, security, etc.), and lower ‘rush hour’ transit related accidents and fatalities
  • Decrease the impact from or likelihood of natural disasters, pandemics, and terrorist events

 

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