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Bateman Introduces Tax Credits to Incentivize Telecommuting

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In honor of Earth Day, Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman (R-Mercer, Somerset, Hunterdon, Middlesex) introduced a bill that will reduce carbon emissions while making New Jersey a more attractive place to work and do business.

Sen. Kip Bateman  introduced a bill to incentivize telecommuting by creating a tax credit for businesses that allow employees to work from home. (©iStock)

“In many professions, people today are able to do the same work from home that traditionally would have tied them to an office,” Senator Bateman said. “This combination pro-environment, pro-business legislation will give companies an incentive to allow more of their employees to skip their daily commutes and give the environment a break by telecommuting.”

Specifically, Senator Bateman’s bill (S-2066) would provide a Corporation Business Tax credit for employers that allow an employee residing in the state to work from home. The amount of the credit is equal to 1-percent of the salary or wages paid by the employer multiplied by the percentage of the services that make up the employee’s normal workweek that are performed at the employee’s home. Only telecommuting arrangements agreed to after the enactment of the bill will qualify for the tax credit.

“Our state’s population density combined with ever-increasing commute distances puts considerable stress on the environment,” Senator Bateman said. “These tax credits will reduce the number of cars on the road, easing carbon emissions and reducing the wear on the state’s transportation infrastructure. Everyone who has to drive to work in New Jersey knows how tough commuting can be. Imagine how much easier it would be if there were a fewer cars on the road. Not just for you, but also for the environment.”

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