New York Tax Collectors Telecommuting To Tennesee

from the the-tax-man-is-a-coming-for-ya dept

As telecommuting becomes a more viable option for the modern day worker (some are even saying that telecommuting is necessary for national security), who better to put a speed bump on the road to progress than the state tax system? Today, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that an out-of-state telecommuter is liable for a full year's worth of New York state income tax. The court's argument is that the state of New York provided the opportunity for the job, and therefore, should be able to tax the full amount of that person's income. Luckily for the telecommuter in question, he resides in Tennessee, which does not have state income tax, so he's not being double taxed. Numerous telecommuters now face that daunting possibility. The court's myopic decision today could end up backfiring -- telecommuters will now be less willing to work for New York companies. Sounds like a case of "taxation without representation", and we all remember what happened the last time that happened.
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    dorpus, 29 Mar 2005 @ 7:14pm

    The Vassal States of America

    Hehe... I had a complex tax return this year involving scholarship income and consulting income in multiple states. Since the tax accountant already had to fill out a dozen forms, I did not complicate matters by talking about telecommuting. I pretended I made all my California income while living in California.

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