Bloomberg Tax
Feb. 2, 2023, 9:45 AM

State Remote Worker Taxes Need High Court Resolution (Podcast)

David Schultz
David Schultz
Audio Producer

Though never popular with neighboring state officials, New York’s tax on the income of out-of-state residents working for Empire State companies is being scrutinized more closely. A shift to remote work with the pandemic—as a choice by either the employee or employer—has meant that many former commuters don’t visit their New York offices as they did before.

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Billions of tax dollars are at stake in the current setup. Officials in both New Jersey and Connecticut have recently revived efforts to keep their residents’ income taxes within their own borders regardless of where a person works. And New York isn’t expected to give up the revenue without a fight.

On this episode of Talking Tax, podcast producer David Schultz sits down with Andrew Silverman, a tax policy analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, about the particular dynamics of the tri-state region. Silverman also examines why the US Supreme Court opted not to weigh in on a similar challenge by New Hampshire to end a Massachusetts commuter tax in 2016, how remote work impacts what’s called the “convenience-of-the-employer” rule, and why this disagreement between a number of states will be up to the high court to resolve.

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