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Employee Cell Phones

  • 1.  Employee Cell Phones

    Posted 09-08-2017 14:54
    Does anyone have a policy to reimburse employees for use of their cell phone for work?  We do have an office line.  We have 7 employees and we all use our cell phones for business.  2 of our employees work remotely and exclusively use their cell phones.

    Jennifer Hahn
    Executive Director
    Junior Volleyball Association
    Milwaukee WI
    (414) 640-1738

  • 2.  RE: Employee Cell Phones

    Posted 09-11-2017 08:53
    Hi there - at my previous place of employment we would reimburse the field people who typically used their cell phones for business each month at a flat rate of $25.  The employees would need to send in a form approved by their manager before we would reimburse.  It was added to their payroll checks.   Hope that helps.

    Susan Huntington
    Finance Director/Office Manager
    NEWH, Inc
    Shawano WI
    (715) 526-5267

  • 3.  RE: Employee Cell Phones

    Posted 09-12-2017 09:56
    ​At my last job they paid for cell phones for the field staff and office staff received $55.00 per pay period.

    Lori Schiek
    Assistant Executive Director
    Tavern League of Wisconsin
    Fitchburg WI
    (608) 308-1954

  • 4.  RE: Employee Cell Phones

    Posted 09-11-2017 10:20

    Hi Jennifer -

    My company reimburses sales and key management people for cell phones as they use them for work and need to stay connected outside of normal business hours.  We give them $135 per quarter to put toward their cell phone bill. We had been issuing company cell phones - but it seems most people prefer to use their own so they don't have to carry around 2 phones.


    Sally O'Brien


    100 E. Blackhawk Dr. | Fort Atkinson, WI
    d: 920-563-1135 | c: 920-728-2137

  • 5.  RE: Employee Cell Phones

    Posted 09-13-2017 11:01
    We don't have a hard and fast policy; it varies based on the needs of the position. We provide fully-paid cell phones to specific staff. They're the ones who need them for work on a regular basis (Me, our lobbyist, and our communications director). We don't provide any sort of phone reimbursement to others.


    Jerry Deschane IOM, CAE
    Executive Director
    League of Wisconsin Municipalities
    Madison WI
    (608) 347-1792

  • 6.  RE: Employee Cell Phones

    Posted 09-14-2017 10:49
    We provide cell phones to certain employees based on their job duties and need for accessibility.  For those that chose to keep their own phone and number we reimburse them under our accountable expense plan.  Adding an amount to the employee paychecks ends up having the employee pay income taxes on that amount.  The IRS loosened their rules on cell phone usage several years ago, I would encourage you to view the rules on this link and review your policy with your tax advisor.
    Please look at sections for employer provided phones and for payments for employee cell phones.

    Robert Foulks CPA, CGMA, CAE, IOM
    Chief Financial Officer/Interim CEO
    Wisconsin Medical Society
    Madison WI
    (608) 442-3788