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NTU supports S. 2347 and H.R. 4085, the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act

May 19, 2014

The Honorable Richard Blumenthal
United States Senate
724 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Jim Himes
United States House of Representatives
119 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Senator Blumenthal and Representative Himes:

        On behalf of the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU), I write in support of your legislation, S. 2347 and H.R. 4085, the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act. These bills would prohibit states from taxing nonresident remote workers during periods in which they are physically present in a different state. In doing so, the legislation would bar states from using a “convenience test” to tax multi-state workers. Passage of S. 2347 and H.R. 4085 would prevent a potential tax nightmare for the millions of telecommuters (and counting) across the nation, as well as for their employers.

        Given our current economic climate, telecommuting provides individuals with increased workplace flexibility as they strive to maximize cost savings and productivity. Not only do employees save on personal expenses such as gasoline or transit fares, but they also help their businesses to substantially lower real estate and energy costs – savings that ultimately contribute to stronger financial security and fewer layoffs. Telecommuters also tend to be more efficient employees, as they are spared from arduous trips to the workplace and are given the flexibility to meet non-work responsibilities.

        If government officials truly wish to demonstrate their commitment to growing our economy, they need to implement legislation that will help strengthen American businesses and empower American workers. S. 2347 and H.R. 4085 would do just that. I hope all Members of Congress will cosponsor and support the Multi-State Worker Tax Fairness Act.

Brandon Arnold
Vice President of Government Affairs