There’s a long-running disagreement here about whether we should pay for home broadband lines so that staff who work at home can easily access email, office files, and office web-based databases. At the moment, staff work at home mostly for their own convenience, but we will shortly be developing a more active home-working policy — and this question is bound to be high on the list.
Arguments FOR reimbursing staff:
— online access is essential for efficient homeworking
— some staff would only get broadband in order to work at home
— reimbursing individual dial-up calls may cost the organisation MORE than paying a monthly broadband fee
Arguments AGAINST reimbursing staff:
— the Inland Revenue does not allow broadband as a tax-deductible expense. So if we reimburse staff, either we or the staff person will have to pay taxes on the reimbursement. We would rather put our money into tax-effective benefits.
— broadband is very cheap now and practically everyone has it anyway. If we reimburse it, a lot of people who originally got broadband for their own private use will, understandably, start charging it to the office.
I would be very grateful to know how other organisations (particularly other charities) are handling this. Or should we all lobby the IR to come into the 21st century?