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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Private Sector

VASBP Applauds the General Assembly on Passage of HB 2197


Fairfax, VA, February 22, 2011- The Virginia Small Business Partnership applauds the Virginia General Assembly on its recent passage of HB 2197, the Income Tax; Tele-work Expenses Tax Credit introduced by Delegate Barbara Comstock (R-34). Last week, HB 2197 passed the Virginia State Senate and now is waiting to be signed in to law by Governor Robert F. McDonnell.

HB 2197 creates an individual and corporate income tax credit for employers who conduct tele-work assessments. In addition, HB 2197 would create an individual and corporate income tax credit for employers who incur eligible tele-work expenses.

HB 2197 is the type of pro-business legislation that will help Virginia continue to foster a business friendly environment. As part of the Official Findings from the 2010 Virginia Small Business Summit, a tax credit for businesses that allows employees to tele-commute was strongly encouraged by small business leaders. “The passage of HB 2197 by the General Assembly shows that Virginia is always striving to be the top state for business,” said Paul A. Miller, Chairman, Virginia Small Business Partnership. “Allowing a tax credit for businesses that offer their employees to tele-commute is an idea that will help businesses grow and prosper,” he continued.

The Virginia Small Business Partnership supported the notion of a tax credit for companies that allowed tele-work. Upon introduction by Delegate Comstock, the VASBP encouraged lawmakers to support this commonsense solution.

HB2197 passed the Virginia House of Delegates 89-1 and the Virginia Senate 40-0. The Virginia Small Business Partnership applauds the legislators who understood the importance of this legislation and voted in support.

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