NJ Legislators Fighting To Keep Money In State With New Bill

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — The coronavirus pandemic is raising new questions for New Jersey taxpayers.

Their commute to New York City jobs stopped months ago, so who gets their tax dollars — New York or New Jersey?

Why should New Jersey resident working from home have to pay New York state income taxes for jobs they are no longer commuting to? Legislators from both parties are fighting to keep that money in Jersey with a new bill.

“Well, there’s nothing on the books that allows them to do that right now. Right now, they’re still an employee of a company based in New York,” New Jersey State Senator Paul Sarlo told CBS2’s Meg Baker.

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More taxed income in Jersey could mean major savings for residents.

“The resources from New Jersey’s income tax goes into what’s called the property tax relief fund,” New Jersey State Senator Steve Oroho said.

New Jersey’s tax rates are similar to New York state’s, so it doesn’t affect individuals’ total taxes much.

On the flip side, money would be taken away from New York, which trickles down to New York City for basic services.

So what happens this year with your tax returns?

Certified public accountant E. Martin Davidoff says you may be able to prorate which state you pay, even if you alternate where you work week-to-week based on the convenience rule.

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“I would take the position if your employer doesn’t allow you to work in New York anymore and your only choice is to work in your home in New Jersey or Connecticut, I’m gonna say you’re not subject to New York state,” Davidoff said.

The new law would codify that. More than 400,000 New Jerseyans used to work in New York before the lockdown. Now just 10% have returned, so a change in the tax code could mean millions of dollars are redirected.

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Comments (2)
  1. Olivia says:

    I like a good article on this topic from HCR Wealth Advisors. Indeed, both parties – the state and the citizens-seek to get as much benefit from taxation as possible. Thus, everyone should come to the realization that they pay taxes not for nothing, but for themselves. Yes, there are problems in the tax system, but we still believe that timely payment of taxes is a guarantee of the welfare of the state!

  2. Andrew Pearce says:

    I used to be employed by a giant outsourcing corporation based in Plano Texas. I lived and worked in New Jersey. Never paid a cent to Texas.

    So many of the former NYC commuters I know, now working from home, say their companies are quickly finding out that they can do business just fine without the expensive NYC office. I hope all of them keep a NYC phone number and PO box, and move the company to states with no income tax. Meanwhile all the workers can live wherever they want and work remotely. I hear Barbados is offering a 1 year Work From Here visa to anyone who wants one.

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