Feeds

Blighty's taxman offers smartphone levy refund

HMRC catches up with today's tech

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs officials have decided that smartphones are phones, not PDAs, so anyone paying tax on one can now claim it back.

Not that a lot of people were paying the tax anyway, companies (and individuals) have in the main remained blissfully ignorant that once a phone became smart it ceased, in the eyes of the taxman, to be a phone and therefore attracted tax as a benefit in kind. But those who were paying attention, and diligently paying their taxes now have until the end of July to claim back everything paid since 2007.

The confusion arose as HMRC struggled to cope with evolving technology. Laptop computers are clearly business tools, but mobile phones were explicitly exempt from tax - a dispensation that was never extended to smartphones.

That was clearly a nonsense. A smartphone is as much a business tool as a laptop computer, more so considering the way employees are expected to be constantly on call these days, so taxing them as a perk is just cruel.

Which is why so few companies did, and why so few people will be getting refunds. But if your accounts department is particularly officious, and your pay form P11D lists a smartphone as a benefit, then it might be worth reading the HMRC guide to the change - it displays fine on an iPhone. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Bladerunner sequel might actually be good. Harrison Ford is in it
Go ahead, you're all clear, kid... Sorry, wrong film
Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix
Everyone else in Europe compensates us - why can't you?
I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations
Quick, call the Time Cops to sort out this paradox!
Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then
It CANNA do it, captain.They DON'T have the POWER!
Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!
Now my lawyers have bailed 'cos I'm 'OFFICIALLY' BROKE
Forget Hillary, HP's ex CARLY FIORINA 'wants to be next US Prez'
Former CEO has political ambitions again, according to Washington DC sources
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.