Personal use of a company provided vehicle is a taxable fringe benefit. I think most companies that go as far as to have GPS and charge their employees for the business-related usage of the company's vehicles probably have a policy in place that prohibits such "personal use" of a company vehicle.
I don't anything about the personal use thing as my guys are not allowed to use them personal stuff. I don't have gps on them. But I can't imagine whybthey would want to drive around in van with my name on it lol
Who says "personal use" has to be defined as dropping the kids off at school, going to the gym, going to the store, running errands etc. Because MOST people do have to drive their personal vehicle to work. I know most people dont get paid from the time they leave their house until they get to the shop, therefore they are on "personal time" which would mean that is technically personal use of a vehicle. I am not trying to start an argument, but like I said, I pay the 15 bucks a week, and its really no hair off my back. I guess my theory is if 15 bucks a week is going to make or break you, maybe you need to re-evaluate your lifestyle. Its not worth throwing a fit about because I happen to like my job and if I have to give up an entire 38 cents an hour, so be it. Like I said, I figured it in my starting wage anyway so its not like it really affected me at all.
And if you look at HVACPope's link he posted it clearly states this:
If the only personal use of an employer-provided vehicle is commuting to and from work, then the employer can use the commuting rule. The value of each one-way commute is $1.50, and either the value has to be included in the employee’s wages or the employee can reimburse the employer this amount.
So, 1.50 each way, two ways a day, 3 bucks a day five days a week, and what is the magical number you come up with? 15 dollars... And for everyone to say that the company you work for doesnt do it, yes that may be true, but my guess is when you have 300+ vehicles on the road and 700+ employees, you are probably a little more likely to be audited by the IRS than a company of say 10-20 employees. So covering your tail may be a little more essential. Just my thoughts.
I agree you should not be charged for using a company van or truck. The GPS is great for the dispatchers. If your someplace that would make your company look bad, you shouldnít be there anyway. You are the company, people judge your company by your behavior. Iím on salary, but put in 2+ hours of unpaid overtime a week. I do it because I like getting a pay check. If I donít get everything done, theyíll find someone else who will. If you donít like the company rules find another job. Just make sure you have the job before turning in your notice. With the economy in the tank. :.02:
If you're only getting paid what amounts to $15/hr & then you have to give the co $15 a week, then aren't you essentially working for free for an hour just because the greedy IRS wants their "cut"?
So, John, I take it you're asking each tech for $15 a week, right?