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Minuteman News Center - Himes Backs Bill to Reduce Double Taxation of Occasional Commuters

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Fourth District Congressman Jim Himes this week applauded House passage of legislation that will reduce income tax and reporting burdens for Connecticut residents who occasionally commute to other states. The legislation mirrors the effort of Himes' Telecommuter Tax Fairness Act, which prohibits states from double taxing workers who telecommute across state lines.

"While we depend on income taxes to fund our roads, education, and other investment in our future, it's not fair that some employees have to pay income tax to two states a time," Himes said. "This legislation is a win-win for us: Connecticut residents who work in New York occasionally will pay less in income taxes, and the state will realize increased revenue."

The Mobile Workforce State Income Tax Simplification Act limits the authority of states to tax the income of non-resident employees who work for a limited amount of time in the state, allowing such individuals to be taxed only if they work in the state for 31 days or more. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that Connecticut would gain revenue if the bill becomes law.


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