State Tax Issues Surrounding a Remote Workforce

The state and local tax complications around telecommuting are well recognized. However, these issues have taken on an increased prevalence and significance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Questions surrounding state income and sales tax nexus, employee income tax withholding, individual income tax filing requirements, unemployment, and workers’ compensation have only grown since governments began implementing mandatory stay-at-home orders.

Many companies are now facing situations like the following example: A recently hired employee was shipped a computer and a webcam so he could begin working from home. Although your company is located in Seattle, the new employee is still living in Chicago, since he was unable to move before the lockdown began.

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