GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Old rule; unintended consequences

JUNE 11, 2009, 4:38 P.M. ET
IRS Weighs Rules for Taxing Private Use of Work Cellphones

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WASHINGTON — The IRS is weighing a proposal to deem one-quarter of employees’ use of work cellphones as personal use and therefore subject to tax as a fringe benefit.

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Cellphone used to be a big exec perk. Congresscritters figured “punish the rich”. Except one of my favorite technology architectural principle came into operation — change happens; time silently alters the playing field — and now the law of unintended consequences operates. Cell phones are cheap and plentiful. Record keeping is expensive, error-prone, and useless. Perk is now a general pain. And, the biz doesn’t give them out for any other reason that to have a 24 hour work force without paying 24 hour wages.

Taxes are theft. Close the IRS. Shrink the gooferment. And, kill corporations! They are nothing more than secret tax collectors anyway.

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