Jock Tax Nails Computer Programmer in New York

April 13, 2005

New York state continues to push the envelope on “jock taxes”—taxes that force traveling professionals to file tax returns in every state where they earn income. A recent New York Times report shows they continue to spread beyond wealthy professional athletes. New York’s latest target? A computer programmer living 900 miles from Manhattan:

A New York state court rules that a computer programmer who did most of his work at his home in Nashville, Tenn., rather than at his employer’s New York offices is still liable for New York state income tax on all his income.

Why are jock taxes bad tax policy? Check out our jock tax section of the website, especially our popular report on the spread of jock taxes around the country.

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