It could happen. Really. News from MegaStar has the Chancellor of the Exchequer (what’s a guy got to do for that title?) saying that employees could be charged taxes for, get this, using their BlackBerrys too much. Yes, you heard right. This is one way to get tackle that CrackBerry problem, I suppose.
“When the Blackberry was just used as a phone, it was exempt from the new guidelines. The increasing sophistication of the device means that people who send too many emails from their Blackberry may face a tax bill of hundreds of pounds.”
That’ll learn you from being that jerk playing email tag on a busy subway telling your wife to get the “extra cheesy” cheetos. You’ll pay for that extra cheese – one way or another.
Ok, so maybe you won’t. Breaking news! Apparently they’re “poo-poo’ing” the tax.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) today dismissed claims in The Sun and The Times that changes to employee benefit rules mean BlackBerries are likely to be taxed as a personal benefit.
A spokesman for HMRC was blunt: “It’s garbage.”