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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State & Local Government

Delegate Lists Assembly’s Legislative Successes

By Barbara Comstock/State Delegate (R-34) Wednesday, March 21, 2012

HB 551, Extending The Telework Tax Credit: This bill will extend the Telework Tax Credit, which I passed last year, through December 31, 2016. The Tax Credit is already being utilized by over 174 employers and we will continue to work with our business community and state and local officials to promote the tax credit to more businesses. The bill passed unanimously in both the House and the Senate. This bill was also supported by NVTC and our technology community as well, as state and local Chambers of Commerce.

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Two Vermont State Employees’ Association bargaining units agree with state to new voluntary “teleworking” policy

February 9, 2012

There are two overlapping reports for the State’s teleworking policy (No. 11.9) establishing the “basic principles and conditions regarding an employee’s voluntary request to work remotely from an alternate worksite”.  The first report is more in the form of a press release and more specific.

Click here for the first

Click here for the second

 

 

State Encourages Flexibility for Baltimore-Washington Commuters

A recent report found that area commuters spend between 50 and 70 hours a year stuck in rush hour traffic. For more than a decade, state government has allowed its employees to craft more flexible schedules and is urging others to follow suit.

 

February 20, 2011, By Alexander Pyles,  CAPITAL NEWS SERVICE

Zina Brown doesn’t worry about her commute to work each day from suburban White Marsh to the Johns Hopkins Medical Campus.

She takes her time, leaving her home sometime before 9 a.m., then driving an easy 15 or 20 minutes, well after commuters from the morning rush are parked and at work. She stays at work until 7 p.m., again missing rush hour.

“It definitely helps, as far as being able to cut down on the traffic and driving and helping me to save on gas,” said Brown, 47, of her 10-hour-a-day, Monday through Thursday schedule. “I’m grateful to be able to work the flex schedule.”

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