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    The line between corporate user and consumer is becoming increasingly gray. For example, an application such as Gwabbit, that automatically adds email signatures to contacts, is geared towards enterprise, but is equally useful for consumers.

    The IRS has become aware of this trend and is now weighing a proposal to deem one-quarter of employees use of work cell phones as personal use and therefore subject to tax as a fringe benefit.

    Although this would only translate to around $100 per year for most users, it is still harsh to arbitrarily assign the 1/4 value as personal use. Many users don't have the IT permission to download apps and do the fun personal things they'd like to do with their device, and yet they will still have to pay this tax.

    Calculate your added taxes under this proposal:

    Yearly BlackBerry bills x Marginal Rate (eg 20%) x 25% for personal use]

    How much are you paying under this proposal?
    Last edited by Bryan; 06-15-2009 at 02:09 PM.


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    Nice post E I was just reading about this a little bit ago

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    Great post!!! Just not so great news for smartphone users

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    Quote Originally Posted by ealvnv View Post
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    The line between corporate user and consumer is becoming increasingly gray. For example, an application such as Gwabbit, that automatically adds email signatures to contacts, is geared towards enterprise, but is equally useful for consumers.

    The IRS has become aware of this trend and is now weighing a proposal to deem one-quarter of employees use of work cell phones as personal use and therefore subject to tax as a fringe benefit.

    Although this would only translate to around $100 per year for most users, it is still harsh to arbitrarily assign the 1/4 value as personal use. Many users don't have the IT permission to download apps and do the fun personal things they'd like to do with their device, and yet they will still have to pay this tax.

    Calculate your added taxes under this proposal:

    Yearly BlackBerry bills x Marginal Rate (eg 20%) x 25% for personal use]

    How much are you paying under this proposal?
    .. Probably so the gov can afford to give free trac phones out.

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    Any bets on whether Obama pays this possible tax? Doubtin it! My company vehicle is supposed to taxed cause no fuel or other expense.:27:

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    Is this "tax" only applied on those phones supplied by your employer? If that is the case, then I am ok. I pay my cell bill personally and the company pays me a monthly allowance.
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    wow the economy sucks and the IRS still wants to nickel and dime us!

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