Uncle Sam wants your BlackBerry – new taxes could affect usage

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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 it’s 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’s 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’ll 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?

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  • Randy Allen

    From Lincoln’s Gettysburg address – the final line is:

    …and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    Looks like Lincoln’s latest successor and Congress is undoing that. Sounds more like …government of the government, by the government, for the government, shall cause all freedom to perish.

    The IRS just added 17 agents to my town of 47000 people. Don’t know how many we had before – but making changes like these to impose additional taxes on us will definitely not help the economic woes of this land. The single largest financial lifetime load on all Americans is TAXES. Not your home, not your cars – not your retirement. Look over your entire lifetime. You could have bought many homes and paid for many retirements if you were not paying anywhere from 10-50% in taxes each year you work. What is this country coming to?

  • Randy Allen

    From Lincoln’s Gettysburg address – the final line is:

    …and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    Looks like Lincoln’s latest successor and Congress is undoing that. Sounds more like …government of the government, by the government, for the government, shall cause all freedom to perish.

    The IRS just added 17 agents to my town of 47000 people. Don’t know how many we had before – but making changes like these to impose additional taxes on us will definitely not help the economic woes of this land. The single largest financial lifetime load on all Americans is TAXES. Not your home, not your cars – not your retirement. Look over your entire lifetime. You could have bought many homes and paid for many retirements if you were not paying anywhere from 10-50% in taxes each year you work. What is this country coming to?

  • Randy Allen

    From Lincoln’s Gettysburg address – the final line is:

    …and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    Looks like Lincoln’s latest successor and Congress is undoing that. Sounds more like …government of the government, by the government, for the government, shall cause all freedom to perish.

    The IRS just added 17 agents to my town of 47000 people. Don’t know how many we had before – but making changes like these to impose additional taxes on us will definitely not help the economic woes of this land. The single largest financial lifetime load on all Americans is TAXES. Not your home, not your cars – not your retirement. Look over your entire lifetime. You could have bought many homes and paid for many retirements if you were not paying anywhere from 10-50% in taxes each year you work. What is this country coming to?

  • Randy Allen

    From Lincoln’s Gettysburg address – the final line is:

    …and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

    Looks like Lincoln’s latest successor and Congress is undoing that. Sounds more like …government of the government, by the government, for the government, shall cause all freedom to perish.

    The IRS just added 17 agents to my town of 47000 people. Don’t know how many we had before – but making changes like these to impose additional taxes on us will definitely not help the economic woes of this land. The single largest financial lifetime load on all Americans is TAXES. Not your home, not your cars – not your retirement. Look over your entire lifetime. You could have bought many homes and paid for many retirements if you were not paying anywhere from 10-50% in taxes each year you work. What is this country coming to?

  • http://twitter.com/tennapop/statuses/2182018583 tennapop (Justin Hickl)

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  • http://twitter.com/O_Bell33/statuses/2182147665 O_Bell33 (Otis Bell)

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  • http://twitter.com/O_Bell33/statuses/2182147665 O_Bell33 (Otis Bell)

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  • David Nottingham

    INterestingly enough this law was written in 1989:

    The Internal Revenue Service has announced an effort to enforce a 1989 law that requires workers with company-issued cell phones to count the value of their calls as personal income.

    NPR had an article on this yesterday afternoon – you can listen here:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105438562

  • David Nottingham

    INterestingly enough this law was written in 1989:

    The Internal Revenue Service has announced an effort to enforce a 1989 law that requires workers with company-issued cell phones to count the value of their calls as personal income.

    NPR had an article on this yesterday afternoon – you can listen here:

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105438562