And yet still, IRS wants more from you. And your business.
“The IRS believes that some percentage of the costs incurred by employees using company-provided wireless devices should count as a “fringe benefit” and thus be subject to taxation. Since workers inevitably end up taking personal calls or emails, the thinking goes, it’s only fair that they pay for the privilege. What’s next? Maybe a per-cup tax on office coffee, or targeting furtive visits to ESPN or Hulu on the office PC? As one wag put it on the Journal’s Web site, “It’s like charging for the use of the company washroom.”
I understand the need to have taxes to support the myriad programs of our government, but this is ridiculous. And the thing that stings, is that it is happening from top to bottom. It’s one thing if your federal taxes get jacked, but now many states, counties and cities are finding new and creative ways to wring every last penny out of you. Fees for awnings, inspections and permits are all going up in my fine city. If there is a way to slap a fee on it, our lovely city leaders have figured it out. Not to mention the colossal waste of money that the new soccer stadium will turn out to be. How is it that a city who’s roads are so behind in repairs intends to spend millions on a new soccer stadium, that may or may not bring in any new revenue to the city?
And so like our friends in Washington, who think that our use of office resources needs to be classified as a “fringe benefit”, it will not be long until the local folks try to figure out a way to do that as well. Or in other words, “If it moves, tax it.”