Friday, July 10, 2009

Personal use of 'work' cell phone

Q My employer provides me with a cell phone as part of my job. Do I have to keep track of my personal use of my ‘work’ cell phone and pay taxes on it?

A No. IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman recently released a statement saying that the IRS is taking the position that there will be no tax consequence to employers or employees for personal use of work-related devices such as cell phones provided by employers. “The passage of time, advances in technology, and the nature of communication in the modern workplace have rendered this law obsolete.”