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Blumenthal, Murphy Push Bill To Curb Multistate Taxes On Telecommuters

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (pictured) have introduced legislation that would simplify and reduce taxation for teleworkers.
U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy (pictured) have introduced legislation that would simplify and reduce taxation for teleworkers. Photo Credit: Chris Murphy

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) have introduced a bill to prevent the over-taxation of individuals who telework in one state for companies located in another.

U.S. Reps. Jim Himes (CT-04), Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), Elizabeth Esty (CT-05) and Chellie Pingree (ME-01) have introduced companion legislation in the House.

The legislation has come about as a response to a number of conflicting state tax rules the lawmakers believe are placing an unfair burden on their constituents.

“It simply makes no sense that someone who works and lives in one state should have to pay taxes to another just because they telework,” Blumenthal said. “Teleworking offers flexible schedules to workers who need to care for family members or who have difficulty traveling, saves energy, and reduces congestion. As more and more people are teleworking, this commonsense bill would ensure that they aren’t penalized for finding a solution that works for them and for their employer.”

Murphy’s views echo those of his senatorial colleague.

“It just makes no sense that our outdated tax system punishes and overtaxes Connecticut workers who telework from home for companies based in other states,” he said. “Our bill will make workers’ lives easier by establishing one, simple standard and avoiding the conflicting patchwork of state tax rules.”

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