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Survey: Workers Tap Company Time And Resources To File Taxes
- 43 percent of workers say it's common for employees to use company time for personal income tax preparation
- Half of workers say employees routinely use office resources to complete tax paperwork
- Nearly one-third of companies are proactively addressing the issue by providing tax preparation assistance perks to employees

MENLO PARK, Calif., March 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- As the Tax Day deadline approaches, a new Accountemps survey suggests work responsibilities are getting sidelined by personal income tax preparation. Forty-three percent of workers surveyed said it's common for employees at their firms to prepare their taxes during business hours, with half of respondents indicating employees use company equipment and resources to complete tax paperwork. A similar 2014 Accountemps survey found 30 percent of employees engaged in such practices for both categories.

Workers were asked, "In your opinion, how common is it for employees at your firm to spend time on personal income tax preparation (e.g., printing paperwork, filling out forms, talking to their accountant) during work hours?" Their responses*:

Very common           

23%

Somewhat common

20%

Somewhat uncommon

15%

Not common at all

33%

Don't know

10%

 

101%

*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

Workers were also asked, "In your opinion, how common is it for employees at your firm to use company resources (e.g., copier, printer, scanner, mailroom) to complete personal income tax paperwork?" Their responses*:

Very common           

24%

Somewhat common

26%

Somewhat uncommon

18%

Not common at all

24%

Don't know

9%

 

101%

*Responses do not total 100 percent due to rounding.

The research indicates some companies are proactively addressing potential tax-time distractions, with 31 percent providing perks, such as discounts for financial software/services or on-site tax preparers, for their employees.

Workers were also asked, "Does your company offer employees access to resources to help them with their personal income tax preparation?" Their responses:

Yes     

31%

No

58%

Don't know

11%

 

100%

"It's easy to mix work and personal priorities during tax season, and employers are generally sympathetic to tax deadlines. Still, employees should avoid taking advantage of their company's time, equipment and resources," said Michael Steinitz, global executive director of Accountemps. "Beyond the possible embarrassment of being discovered, there is also the risk of accidentally exposing sensitive personal financial records by leaving documents in the copier or inadvertently emailing a coworker."

About the Research
The online survey was developed by Accountemps and conducted by an independent research firm. It includes responses from more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.

About Accountemps
Accountemps, a Robert Half company, is the world's first and largest specialized staffing service for temporary accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The staffing firm has more than 300 locations worldwide. More resources, including job search services and the company's blog, can be found at roberthalf.com/accountemps.

 

 

SOURCE Accountemps

For further information: Bianca De Rose, (650) 234-6022, bianca.derose@roberthalf.com