IRS cellphone rule called outmoded

IRS cellphone rule called outmoded

There are 10 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 28, 2008, titled IRS cellphone rule called outmoded. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Small, cheap cellphones have become ubiquitous in the workplace. But federal tax rules governing them date to the days of big handsets, big bills and big hair.

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San Pablo, CA

#1 Jul 28, 2008
taxation without representation. We need to get our government back in control

Chicago, IL

#2 Jul 28, 2008
It's insane, a pure move by the IRS to get money it should not be entitled to! Cell phone calls are no longer charged by the minute for most call plans. Now plans consist of billed minutes, free minutes, rollover minutes and some even offer unlimited minutes. How do you even charge people for work vs. personal calls when one's plan may consist of free or unlimited minutes? Percentages? What if all the personal calls were made during free time periods, and all work were made during peak times, being 'billed'? And what about data use? It's surely as valuable a benefit as voice calls for some (not me, fortunately...). So will people start having to track how many kilobytes they use for work, vs how many kilobytes they use for personal data use? Did the IRS think of that as well? It's insane and unworkable! It's too complex -- perfect for the IRS!

Charlotte, NC

#3 Aug 4, 2008
Wow another government wiff - I'm shocked

Highland Park, IL

#4 Aug 4, 2008
The tax laws are passed by Congress, signed by the President, and upheld by the Supreme Court. If the IRS staffers are "weenies" for enforcing them, what does that make Congressman Johnson?(For that matter, what does that make us, for voting these people into office?)

Darien, IL

#5 Aug 4, 2008
Will you people calm down? The proposals to fix this have bipartisan support, which means that a legislative solution is very likely. This is no big deal and it will be resolved shortly. Watch and see. Now go find something else to cry about.

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Since: May 08

Buffalo Grove, IL - HR-676!!!

#6 Aug 4, 2008
The IRS = Theirs

United States

#7 Aug 4, 2008
Doug is right about the IRS just doing their job on this one.
Otto is also right in that Senate Bill 2668 was recently introduced in DC to eliminate cell phones from being considered "listed property" under Treasury rules. We can all help fix this situation by sending emails to our Senators and Congressmen, urging them to pass Senate Bill 2668

Chicago, IL

#8 Aug 4, 2008
I'd tend to view an employer-provided cell phone the same an employer-provided pager: a needed tool for the purpose of the job. Likewise, if the employer paid for internet access for those of us required to be on-call 24/7 (hence, the pager).

If I use my personal cell phone and/or internet access for employer-related reasons, I should be able to to deduct a proportion of those costs as unreimbursed professional expenses.

My $0.02...

Chicago, IL

#9 Aug 4, 2008
This is great, so now anyone with a cell phone needs to spend another say 40 to 60 hours a year tracking all of their cell phone calls. Add this to the amount of time we already have to spend filing/tracking/sorting and everything else and it proves how completely ridicules our tax code is.

Why can’t we switch to either a flat tax or consumption tax? Get all of the loopholes out and streamline the process?

United States

#10 Aug 4, 2008
Well if they take my cell phone away from me then they just can't call me anymore. It's they only work number I have. What a bunch of crap. If they government is trying to kill this country by hog tying business so it can no longer function they are doing a great job.

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