Taxing personal emails from offices - Gordon's new stealth cash cow

If last Tuesday's edition of London's Metro is to be believed, the Chancellor of the Exchequer may soon come forward with another simple yet effective way to undermine and reduce British competitiveness and give more headaches and sleepless nights to IT administrators and accountants.

Their plan is simple, if office computers are for work, why not tax companies if employees use them for doing private things like booking their next holiday or having a quick glance at sports.

Frankly speaking, I believe that it is highly improbable that Gordon Brown will be able to implement such a scheme. Not only will it constitute yet another financial burden on small and medium companies, but most importantly, it will be difficult to monitor what constitute personal and business matters. Technology and the Internet has blended both to such a degree that sometimes it can be quite difficult to separate them.

And if taxes are to be imposed on personal computer use at the office, what about telephones and mobiles? Can we also expect them to be taxed soon? There is also the case of employees working from home? Will they get money back or will they be charged extra for actually working from their house? These are some of the few questions that would have to be asked before actually implementing the scheme.

Monitoring it would be even more difficult and I leave this to you dear readers to figure out how boffins from Gordon's Brown office will decide whether I am buying a printer off Ebay for my own use or for our office. The change in taxation is likely to affect millions across the UK as well as tens of thousands of businesses nationwide and came into fruition as a stealth tax to get a few much needed billion pounds in the Treasury's vaults.