Giving Businesses Tax Credits for Hybrid Workers Undermines the Very Purpose of the Tax Credits

Lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill that would allow businesses to receive tax credits for workers that primarily work from home.

Published on Mar 11, 2024 in Tax and Budget

State lawmakers are fast-tracking a new bill (A4046) that would allow businesses to claim tax subsidies for hiring workers at New Jersey locations, even if they work a majority of the time from home. Similar legislation was fast-tracked during the recent lame duck session and failed to advance after lawmakers criticized the proposal as “counter-intuitive,” and warned that it would have unintended consequences. In response to the proposal, New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) issues the following statement.

Peter Chen, Senior Policy Analyst, NJPP:

“Allowing companies to claim tax credits for employees that aren’t in the office undermines the very purpose of giving out these tax credits in the first place. In theory, the economic benefits are supposed to come from workers going out to buy lunch and spend money at other shops near the office, but this will never happen if employees are working at home instead. Corporate tax credits already have a weak return on investment for communities, and this will only weaken it further. There is no reason for the state and its taxpayers to prop up businesses with public dollars when they aren’t benefiting the broader public.

“A nominal contribution to affordable housing trust funds does not make up for the cost of handing out these tax credits. If this was really about creating more affordable housing, the state should do so directly rather than hand corporations a check only to get a fraction of it back.”

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