Business Cell Phone Restrictions Removed

President Barack Obama recently signed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (2010 Small Business Act), which includes a number of provisions to spur business activity and create jobs.  We are discussing one of the important provisions of the 2010 Small Business Act.  Please contact us if you have questions about this provision or other provisions of this recent legislation.

Effective for tax years beginning after 2009, cell phones and similar telecommunications devices used for business are no longer subject to the ultra-strict recordkeeping requirements that formerly applied.  This retroactive change has some taxpayer-friendly consequences.  For instance, a self-employed individual is no longer required to keep detailed usage records to prove that a cell phone is used for business.

However, if the individual has only one cell phone used for both personal and business purposes, some recordkeeping will still be necessary to determine allowable business deductions.  An employee who uses a personal cell phone for his or her employer’s business can now claim the related costs as a miscellaneous itemized deduction without having to prove the phone usage was for the employer’s convenience.

Please let us know if you have any questions, and we’ll be glad to help out in any way.

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