Business cell phones: A tax whose time has gone


It’s hard to believe any longer, but at one time now-ubiquitous cell phones were seen as a luxury. So much so that the IRS put a tax on cells distributed by businesses to their employees, treating them as a perk. When a conservative Republican senator joins a liberal Democratic senator in putting the tax in the crosshairs, one has to think that it’s days of being collected are numbered.

The bill was introduced two years ago by John Ensign (R-NV) and John Kerry (D-MA). It just passed a cloture vote and was appended to the Small Business Jobs Act.

According to Hillicon Valley, Kerry said, “You can’t do business in the modern economy without a cell phone so it’s crazy to tax them like some executive perk. This law was long in need of modernization and I’m glad we’ve done right by businesses and abolished this silly and outdated law.”

RBR-TVBR observation: Is it too late to tack on a radio chip mandate in light of the high level of consumer demanded discovered in the recent Harris Interactive poll?