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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Telework is working in Georgia

September 13, 2011
By Mike Williams, Employer Services Director at The Clean Air Campaign

Traffic on the nation’s interstate highways from 1980 to 2006 has grown by 150% – but capacity grew by just 15%.  Georgia’s telework strategy to reduce traffic has been successful with an increase of 20% or 600,000 teleworkers.  Telework is a smart business strategy with many benefiting from lower real estate costs, reduced absenteeism, and the ability to remain productive when Mother Nature interferes with the ability to get to work.

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The Most for Our Money:
Taxpayer Friendly Solutions for the Nation’s Transportation Challenges

Report Aims to Improve Transportation with Seven Tools

May 20, 2011, by Enid Burns, alt transport

A report presented by the Reason Foundation, Transportation for America and Taxpayers for Common Sense, “The Most for Our Money,” offers seven cost-effective transportation strategies for the U.S. to improve its infrastructure. Those categories include transportation scenario planning; high occupancy toll lanes (HOT Lanes); bus rapid transit (BRT); intelligent transportation systems (ITS); intercity buses; teleworking and local street connectivity.

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