Mark Hammer

Here’s a rather different slant on it.

Telework does not assume that there is no office at all, but rather that one has relocated “the office” from a building somewhere else, where everybody’s office might be, to one’s home or some other space (e.g., one of those perpetual cup-o-coffee-by-the-window folks at the coffee establishment of your choosing).

Many tax codes permit people who “work from home” to claim expenses related to work. But are all such expenses legitimate, and do governments take an unacceptable hit on tax revenues when more people believe themselves to be eligible for such claims? Here’s a news article that observes at least one government revenue agency viewing expense claims related to “working from home” with a certain scepticism and increasing scrutiny: http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/taxes/story/2013/02/11/f-tax-season

Private sector entrepreneurs like Branson and others may be less mindful of the potential impact of folks claiming expenses for home offices, since it does not impact on them quite so much. I suspect that public sector employers may well be less tolerant, since it is those tax revenues that partly pay for the salaries of those folks “working from home”.

Just something to think about.