Senator Proposes $500 Tax Credit for Telecommuters

SAN MATEO (05/15/2000) - U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (Republican-Pennsylvania), recently detailed his plans to introduce legislation that would give telecommuters a $500 tax credit for working at home.

Speaking before an ITAC (International Telework Association & Council) Telework America Action Summit last week, Santorum said he will introduce the legislation to spur corporations to let more employees work from home.

The $500 credit could be used to cover expenses, including technology equipment necessary to furnish a home office, he said at the summit.

Santorum penned the National Telecommuting and Air Quality Act, which put in place a program to study the benefits of allowing employees to work from home.

That telecommuting pilot project is underway in Philadelphia, Washington, Los Angeles, Houston, and Chicago.

Santorum claims he is a big proponent of teleworking, mainly because of its environmental benefits.

Several trade groups and corporations have signaled support for Santorum's new Telework Tax Incentive Act, which provides for the $500 credit.

Supporters include DSL provider Covad Communications Co., Litton Industries Corp., the Electronic Industries Alliance, AT&T Corp., and Computer Associates International Inc.

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