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Editor: Mitchell H. Rubinstein
New York Law School

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Employer Provided Cell Phones As Taxable Income

TaxProf Blog ran a very interesting August 5, 2008 posting entitled Proposed Bill Would Allow Tax-Free Employee Cell-Phone Use. Prof. Caron reports that cell phones provided by employers are generally taxable. Therefore, the Tax Code encourages employers not to provide this benefit. There is a Bill pending in Congress which will change this.

Let's hope this Bill passes. Cell phones have transformed American business. They are no longer just fringe benefits. They are essential tools that professionals and others use daily. By cell phone, I hope the amendment includes Blackberry and related types of devices that help employees communicate.

Mitchell H. Rubinstein

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