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Hurray! The IRS officially deemed employer-provided cell phones meeting certain criteria to be a de minimis fringe benefit, i.e., not taxable. It is almost as if the IRS rewrote its position to recognize the legitimacy of policies and practices that match how businesses actually use phones. Imagine that? The controller doesn't have to worry any more now that Bowdoin is legal. Mitch Davis CIO Bowdoin College 9600 College Station 308, Hawthorne/Longfellow Brunswick, ME 04011 Office 207 725 3930 Direct 207 607 9932 Fax 207 725 3764 Email mwdavis@bowdoin.edu Admin: Jennifer Wienckowski - 207-725-3277 - jwiencko@bowdoin.edu ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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Woo Hoo!  Thanks for the heads up Mitch.  It's about time we got this straightened out.  Do you have a link to the announcement?

Marty

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Martin Ringle, Chief Technology Officer   
Reed College, Portland, OR 97202          
503-777-7254   email:   ringle@reed.edu                             
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Great news. In a followup, does the ruling extend beyond cell phones? We are being asked to develop recommendations regarding mobile devices in general and how to handle them.  At this point, we have Admissions counselors provided with iPads traveling and having the device data plans paid by Admissions, Development/Advancement staff with mobile mifi units and iPads with data plans, and the usual host of cell phones.  If anyone has developed recommendations regarding this plethora of devices and options, I would love some advice.  Ideally I would like to tie this to the IRS cell phone ruling if it is extensible and provides criteria that enable us to distinguish use with some confidence. 

Best,
John

I think paying for internet access at home would be problematic.     I think it is too easy to consider internet access something that is primarily personal use.   For our instructors who only teach online, a good internet connection and a personal computer is a requirement of employment, not something we provide.

We do provide iPads or iPhones to staff who work out in the field depending on their need.  It has been very helpful.

Julie

Julie Ouska
CIO/VP, Information Technology
Interim Executive Director, CCCOnline
Colorado Community College System
julie.ouska@cccs.edu
(720) 858-2781




From: Joseph Morvan <jmorvan@NORWICH.EDU>
Reply-To: CIO List <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2011 11:12:12 -0600
To: CIO List <CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU>
Subject: Re: [CIO] Hurray! The IRS finally got it right: Cell Phones

Certainly great news and I would certainly be interested in the responses to John’s questions below.  On a related topic, can anybody explain how this applies to providing Internet service to employees who work from home?  Our HR department simply indicated that if it is not on an exclusion list it is taxable.  “In general, any payment to an employee is taxable unless it is specifically excluded from tax under the Internal Revenue Code.”    Any guidance would be much appreciated.

 

Joe Morvan

Norwich University

 

From: The EDUCAUSE CIO Constituent Group Listserv [mailto:CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU] On Behalf Of John Jaffe
Sent: Monday, September 19, 2011 12:53 PM
To: CIO@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [CIO] Hurray! The IRS finally got it right: Cell Phones

 

Great news. In a followup, does the ruling extend beyond cell phones? We are being asked to develop recommendations regarding mobile devices in general and how to handle them.  At this point, we have Admissions counselors provided with iPads traveling and having the device data plans paid by Admissions, Development/Advancement staff with mobile mifi units and iPads with data plans, and the usual host of cell phones.  If anyone has developed recommendations regarding this plethora of devices and options, I would love some advice.  Ideally I would like to tie this to the IRS cell phone ruling if it is extensible and provides criteria that enable us to distinguish use with some confidence. 

Best,
John

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