Now, other states are following suit. Oregon, for example, offers companies a Business Energy Tax Credit for a number of environmentally friendly initiatives, including telework programs.
The federal government is also getting into the act. Earlier this month, Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA) introduced the Telework Tax Incentive Act, which gives individuals who "perform services for an employer under a teleworking arrangement" up to a $1,000 per year tax credit.
Obviously, such a bill won't benefit an employer directly, but it will give employees a financial incentive to upgrade their home offices in order to work more effectively.
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Most of these incentive plans are designed to address environmental issues, including traffic congestion and air pollution. Yet as the threat of a flu outbreak, the recent East Coast snowstorm, and the San Francisco Bay Bridge closure earlier this year all demonstrate, telework programs are also a vital part of any company's business continuity plans.
If your state government doesn't yet have a telework tax credit proposal in place, talk to your representative about introducing one.