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    Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    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.
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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.
    It already is incentivized by not paying transportation taxes/expenses or wasting that windshield time commuting. I get jobs only through referrals and by local folks seeing me working (I do not advertise) which tends to let me avoid long commutes but my job (handyman) can only be performed on site.
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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.
    Are you talking about tax incentives for businesses or individuals?
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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.
    The school part will never happen for a few reasons. 1: Big gov likes to tell our kids how to think. 2: They will get less money in taxes. After all, who'll vote for new school levies if people start homeschooling just to get that tax incentive? Of course there will be those that can't do this and so will vote for it, but for those that can? That's less people voting positively for levies. 3: Its much harder for the government to tell YOU how to raise your kids if they have less chances to influence you via schools administrators/teachers/counselors etc etc.
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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.
    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!
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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!
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    Re: Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    Quote Originally Posted by radcen View Post
    I take the question as relating to business, not individuals.
    Oh.

    Well, there really is no incentive for businesses, just employees. Maybe a tax break would help. Call it a traffic relief tax break or something.
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    Re: Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    Quote Originally Posted by molten_dragon View Post
    Are you talking about tax incentives for businesses or individuals?
    All of the above.
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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!
    I can do about 1/3 of my work from home. I would still need to come in everyday but not as early. Often the people at the top are not fully aware of what can be done just as well off site and/or are very traditional in their thinking so they are completely fine with you working from home as long as you don't consider the time you work from home as part of your regularly scheduled work day, only extra work you choose to do on your own time.
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    Re: Should telecommuting be tax incentivized?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Oh.

    Well, there really is no incentive for businesses, just employees. Maybe a tax break would help. Call it a traffic relief tax break or something.
    Companies could save a lot on office space but many are so old school in their thinking. Unless they can watch you work, in their minds you must not be working. New productivity evaluations would need to be based more upon the quality and rate at which products are completely and less upon how busy an employee looks.
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