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Tax breaks for telecommuting gain momentum

State governments, as well as the feds, are gearing up to make telework more attractive to businesses.

In 2007, Georgia began offering employers tax credits of up to $20,000 to cover the “planning, training, and/or raw labor costs associated with starting or expanding a telework program.”

Oregon followed with the Business Energy Tax Credit, which helps fund a number of environmentally friendly business initiatives, including telecommuting programs.

On the federal side, the Telework Tax Incentive Act has been introduced in Congress. The credit, which would give individuals who work from home up to $1,000 a year, is designed to make telecommuting a more attractive benefit to offer current and potential employees.

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