You may not want to read this post, because you might find out that you are breaking the law, too! It has just come to my attention that I am a miscreant because I have not been itemizing and reporting to my employer my cell phone usage into business vs. personal minutes. It will cost my employer more money for me to do that each month than my monthly phone bill costs!
There are things that the IRS does that tick me off, and there are things they do that are beyond explanation. I found one, and apparently, I and my co-workers have been breaking this law for quite some time.
Here is an excerpt from an e-mail that I just received, entitled "2nd Request-URGENT!! Important Cell Phone Tax Implications".
Dear Cellular Phone Subscriber,
A previous communication was sent to you on July 6, 2007 and we do not have a record of a response. You are receiving this because our records indicate that you have a cell phone ... which is paid for by [the company]... The IRS requires that personal use of employer-provided cell phones must be taxed to individuals as additional compensation.
Do people really use their cell phones that much that it would mean a substantial difference in their tax liability?
Give me a break!
Has anybody heard of this malarkey before? It sounds like we have at least one too many lawyers in our legal department.
Oh well, I'm off to spend $50+ to calculate how many minutes of my $44 phone bill were personal minutes. Bye!