Virginia Homeworkers/ Telecommuting: What you need to know

Legislation to give tax credits to employers has been extended to tax year 2016 and provides for tax credit of up to $1,200 per employee up to a total of $50,000 per employer. Qualifying for the tax credits are computer hardware and software (including security software), including delivery, installation, and insurance charges, and high-speed Internet charges for employees who have signed a telework agreement. Employers can also receive a tax credit of up to $20,000 for conducting a telework assessment (VA Code Sec. 58.1-439.12:07).
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Employers may not deduct for expenses deducted from federal taxes. The Virginia Department of Taxation administers the tax credit program. Employers must apply for the credit program from September 1 to October 31 of the preceding year. For more information, go to http://www.tax.virginia.gov.
The state Office of Telework Promotion and Broadband Assistance encourages teleworking and assists private and public employers in establishing telecommuting programs. For more information, go to http://www.wired.virginia.gov or call 804–786–9579.
State employees.The state Department of Human Resource Management has sample telecommuting policies and management guidelines available at www.dhrm.virginia.gov.
Private employers. The state Department of Rail and Public Transportation has a program, Telework!VA, which provides financial incentives and support resources for businesses to establish or expand telework programs for employees in order to reduce the number of commuters on state roads. For information, including financial incentives, go to http://www.teleworkva.orgor call 804–786–4440.
Last reviewed March 2015.

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