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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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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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!

Below is more information about the bill and steps you can take to help get the bill enacted:

 

More Information About the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act

Click here for the text of the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act.

Click here for a brief summary of the legislation.

Click here for a recording of a webinar discussing the “convenience of the employer” rule (the rule imposing the penalty tax on telecommuters) and the remedial legislation.

Click here for a recent article on the telecommuter tax in The Huffington Post.

Click here for a recent post about the telecommuter tax on the blog of 1 Million for Work Flexibility.

Click here for a list of organizations currently supporting the multi-state worker tax fairness act.

Are you an interstate telecommuter whose income is unfairly taxed when you work from home? If you, or any one you know, pay this unfair tax, please contact us at chuck@telcoa.org. Thank You.

 

Steps You Can Take to Help Get the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act Enacted

There are two important steps you can take to help make this bill law:

(1) Write to your leaders in CongressUrge them to cosponsor the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act. Then encourage your friends and colleagues to write to their congressional leaders.

Click here to learn who your congressional leaders are and how to reach them.

Click here for a sample letter that you can use to write to your U.S. Representative in the House.

Click here for a sample letter that you can use to write to your U.S. Senators.

(2) Urge your organization to endorse the legislation.

We are building a national coalition of organizations that endorse the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act. Please urge your organization to join this growing coalition!

Joining is easy. All the organization has to do is contact our Legislative Advisor, Nicole Belson Goluboff (nbg8@columbia.edu), and ask her to add the organization’s name to the Statement of Support. (Click here to read the Statement) We’ll take care of sharing the Statement with members of Congress.

 

We need your help to eliminate the penalty tax for telecommuting!

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Following is a collection of articles that will give some historic background on the Telework Tax situation:

 

Don’t discourage telework by double-taxing workers March 7, 2011, By Nicole Belson Goluboff, author of The Law of Telecommuting and Telecommuting for Lawyers Re: “Telecommute to the future” (March 1), Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) rightly emphasizes the need to eliminate barriers to telework and provide incentives. Chief among the regulatory barriers that must be dismantled is the harsh tax penalty currently facing interstate telecommuters: the risk that they will be taxed twice on the wages they earn while teleworking. Click here to read the entire Letter to the Editor.

 

Telecommuter Tax Fairness

September 29, 2010, by Nicole Belson Goluboff, Esq., Workingmother.com

For many working parents, telecommuting is a critical tool for meeting both job and family demands.  For many employers, telecommuting is a critical tool for surviving a challenging economy and prospering when conditions brighten.  Despite the work-life, economic and numerous other benefits of telework, some state tax authorities are making this flexible work arrangement needlessly hard to adopt, threatening employees who telecommute across state lines with an egregious tax penalty. Click here to read the entire article.

 

Telecommute Taxes on the Table

April 16, 2010, by Nicole Belson Goluboff, Esq., Newgeography.com

The Obama Administration has recently been shining a spotlight on the need to eliminate barriers to telework and its growth. Now Congress has legislation before it that would abolish one of telework’s greatest obstacles, the risk of double taxation Americans face if they telecommute across state lines. The Telecommuter Tax Fairness Act (H.R. 2600) would remove the double tax risk. Click here to read the entire article.

 

New York Makes It Official: Double Taxing of Telecommuters Will Continue June 12, 2006, By Nicole Belson Goluboff, Esq., State Tax Notes, page 877 Click here for the article: New York Makes It Official

 

New York’s Proposed Telework Tax Policy: State Won’t Shift Gears May 22, 2006, By Nicole Belson Goluboff, Esq., State Tax Notes, page 593 Click here for the article: State Won’t Shift Gears

 

State Taxation of Interstate Telecommuters: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Silence Puts Congress in the Driver’s Seat November 21, 2005, By Nicole Belson Goluboff, Esq., State Tax Notes,  page 719 To read the entire article, click here: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Silence

 

New York revises tax law, but not really! Interstate Telecommuters still at serious risk!

May 15, 2006 New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, Office of Tax Policy Analysis, Technical Services Division, “New York Tax Treatment of Nonresidents and Part-Year Residents; Application of the Convenience of the Employer Test to Telecommuters and Others”. Click here for the official Explanation of the N.Y.Tax Department’s revised position.

 

Congress Must Slam the Brakes On New York’s Convenience-of-the-Employer Rule May 2, 2005, by Nicole Belson Goluboff Our thanks to State Tax Notes, the original publisher, for their permission to use this article. Click here to read the article: Congress Must Slam the Brakes.

 

 

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