Governor proposes telecommuting tax break for companies

July 25, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ governor is proposing a new tax break to encourage companies to let their employees work from home.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said Thursday the goal is to ease rush hour congestion by taking tens of thousands of drivers off the roads during the work week. The Springfield Republican reports that less than 5% of Massachusetts workers currently telecommute.

Baker’s proposal calls for a tax credit worth $2,000 per employee that a company allows to telecommute. The total cost of the tax break would be capped at $50 million annually.

The governor announced the incentive as part of a broader transportation investment bill. That proposal calls for $18 billion in borrowing for about $10 billion in road and highway projects and $5.7 billion for the state’s beleaguered transit system.