As for the rest of us we all know what DB can do with its ideas.
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 2:28pm GMT
So which numpty came up with this idea? Someone actually thinks home workers should be taxed? Remarkable!
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 1:53pm GMT
The Idea of deducting even more TAX from employees for choosing to work remotely is preposterous. This is an agreement between employee and employer and has nothing to TAX. TAX is still paid on income whether you're working in an office or remotely. Contractually, the salary offered is for work carried out and is not based on how much money is spent on commuting. If you reverse the scenario, does this mean that employees would be entitled to additional salaries for having to deal with commuting, putting up with other employees in the workplace or even bonus for helping the economy earn more money through spending their hard-earned money on commuting to work? According to the Harvard Business Review (Berkinshaw, Cohen and Stach, 2020), employees achieve "50% more activities through personal choice" because they see them as important, the number of tasks that employees see as tiresome drops to 12% from 27% and the workload ready to offloaded to others drops to 27% from 41%, not to mention the 12% reduction in time spent in meetings and 9% more time "interacting with clients and external partners." Overall, we can start to see a benefit to remote working, in a huge saving of manpower, as well the multiple pieces of research on remote workers spending their, once commuting time, to additional working hours. Does this mean that salaries are to be increased to cover the additional and more productive hours compared to working in an office? As much as the economy is important, companies who charge additional TAX, run the risk of upsetting their employees. If employees are unhappy they resort to seeking new employment, which affects the company and in return affects the footprint that the company has in the economy. Saving money from one's salary for remote working shouldn't be punished by inforcing a TAX. Employees still spend money on lunch, whether at home or going out for lunch (post-COVID), socialising is still maintained, however, instead of during work hours in the office, employees go out for lunch, dinner and even drinks, this is also feeding their money back into the economy. Meals out are simply moving from locations near the office to locations closer to home. The only real industry that loses out is the travel industry, however, they would only lose out on season tickets as employees would still need to travel in for meetings, at the higher cost of a day return, as well as all the additional travel that would normally be used under a season ticket, is now purchased at the full price of a return or single.
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 1:10pm GMT
I read this report this morning and got really angry about it.
They were talking about 5% tax based on a 30k annual salary. Paying around £125 per month on this very backward thinking tax. Now imagine if you are on a 70k salary ( a dream I know), that means that an individual on that wage will have to pay £292 per month. Is this really fair?
Personally, when I worked in the office, I never bought anything. The only extra expense that I had was £52 a month for transport; food was bought at the weekly shop and no other shopping was done during the week (during or after working hours).
I know that at least 70% of the employees who I work with bring food from home. We can't afford to buy £5 meal deals every day plus paying for the monthly transport!
Why should I have to pay double of what I used to pay for doing the exact same job but in the comfort of my own home? Working from home is not a privilege, is just an advancement in working/life balance. Not something to be punished for.