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    Re: Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    How are those things incentives for companies? Businesses and organizations?
    For a business telecommuting saves the need for office space.
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    Re: Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    It already is. I get a tax break for having a home office. They allow me to deduct a certain amount of my house payment as well as utilities. You are required to use a certain amount of square footage for your office in order for you to write it off.

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    Re: Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Should telecommuting; working and attending school from home with the use of technology (computer networking, etc.) be tax incentivized? Kids won't be on the streets in darkness before the sun rises to get to school. Energy needed to power buildings would be reduced. Fewer cars would be on the roads and thus reduced gasoline consumption and other transportation costs.

    I fully understand this can only work under certain conditions and with certain types of jobs. Even where it can work, it might only work in conjunction with traditional commuting such as going into the office 3 days a week and working from home 2 days a week. I'm not talking about an all or nothing proposition.
    I don't think we should be incentivizing an even more sedentary lifestyle than we already have.

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    Re: Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sherman123 View Post
    I don't think we should be incentivizing an even more sedentary lifestyle than we already have.
    Is sitting in your car, on a bus, on a train, in an office elsewhere any more active than sitting in an office in your home?
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    Re: Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Isn't it enough incentive just not to have to get up two hours before time to start work, get dressed, fix breakfast, wear uncomfortable clothes, fight traffic, find a parking spot, and rush up to the office?


    Wouldn't it be an incentive enough just to be able to get out of bed fifteen minutes before starting work, sit down in front of the computer still wearing pajamas and with a cup of coffee at hand?


    Just think of the stress that could be avoided!
    That's my life, actually. It's pretty awesome

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    Re: Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Smeagol View Post
    Should telecommuting; working and attending school from home with the use of technology (computer networking, etc.) be tax incentivized? Kids won't be on the streets in darkness before the sun rises to get to school. Energy needed to power buildings would be reduced. Fewer cars would be on the roads and thus reduced gasoline consumption and other transportation costs.

    I fully understand this can only work under certain conditions and with certain types of jobs. Even where it can work, it might only work in conjunction with traditional commuting such as going into the office 3 days a week and working from home 2 days a week. I'm not talking about an all or nothing proposition.
    My husband and I both have home offices and we get very nice tax deductions because of them. Our accountant has calculated the square footage that's dedicated to our offices, plus there is some additional square footage in both the garage and basement taken into account because of items my husband has to store. We deduct a percentage of all of our home bills and this percentage is the calculated square footage described above as a percentage of the total square footage of our property. It's a big deduction amount ever year.

    I believe both of our employers also get tax deductions against what they contribute to our household expenses (technology, internet lines, cell phones & landlines, supplies, etc.).

    I will never - ever - work in an office setting again if I can help it. I love my home office, and my husband loves his.

    And yes, it should be incentivized. It keeps us both off the road during rush hour. And it has to be more energy efficient.
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    Re: Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    That's my life, actually. It's pretty awesome
    Same here. I do sometimes miss interaction with fellow employee's but I make up for it by attending meetings with customers.

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