Remote Worker Incentivization
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Companies nationwide switched to remote working with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. With remote work seemingly here to stay for some workers and industries, several states are legislating to incentivize remote employees to relocate. Whether via housing regulations or tax credits, many states are capitalizing off this newly widespread working format through various worker incentivization programs.

Alabama Remote Worker Incentivization Tax Credit Bill Dies

Alabama House Bill 61 would provide a tax credit (ranging from $5,000 to $30,000) for recruited or remote employees who move to specific counties. The tax credit amount would vary depending on the population of the new county. The bill would define a recruited worker as a law enforcement officer, nurse, or teacher. Similarly, the measure would define a remote worker as someone working outside their employer’s workspace and having recently established residency for at least six months. The bill was pending action in the Alabama House Ways & Means Committee.

Georgia Committee Reviews Bill Covering Remote Working Expenses

Georgia House Bill 263, which was introduced in February 2023, would make employers eligible for a tax credit toward expenses associated with remote working (including computers, equipment maintenance, etc.). Employers would be required to apply for the tax credit, which could cover up to $2,000 per employee, and enter a remote work agreement with the employee. The bill did not advance in the 2023 session.

Hawaii House Resolution to Urge Government to Expand Remote Work Programs

Hawaii House Resolution 157 would ask state government departments to reexamine their remote work policies. The resolution cites the benefits and pre-existing prevalence of remote work in Hawaii, including environmental and mental benefits. The measure argues that the state can stay competitive against the private sector and use its resources better by increasing the number of remote government workers. The bill did not advance in the 2023 session.

Mississippi Remote Worker Relocation Program Dies in Committee

Although Mississippi House Bill 415 died in the Appropriations Committee this February, the bill would have established a program encouraging remote workers to relocate to Alcorn County, Mississippi. The program would have covered the cost of living increases and moving expenses if workers established primary residency (and bought a home) in Alcorn County.

West Virginia Remote Worker Home Development Act Introduced

West Virginia House Bill 3094, the Remote Worker Home Development Act, would set criteria for “Remote Worker Ready” developments in return for a property tax benefit. Requirements for these developments would include a remote workspace with a separate door for clients, internet connection minimums, and deeds that explicitly authorize remote work. Developers could receive a tax credit for the costs of the workspace and specialty wiring and allow subdivisions under construction to be taxed at the original rate until each house is sold.