Employees Reportedly Use Company Time and Resources to Prepare Taxes

Michael Steinitz, with Accountemps, warns, there is a “risk of accidentally exposing sensitive personal financial records by leaving documents in the copier or inadvertently emailing a coworker," when preparing personal tax returns at work.

Forty-three percent of workers surveyed by Accountemps said it’s common for employees at their firms to prepare their taxes during business hours, with 23% saying it is very common.

 

Half of respondents indicated employees use company equipment and resources to complete tax paperwork—26% said it is somewhat common, and 24% said it is very common.

 

Nearly one-third (31%) of employees reported their company offers employees access to resources to help them with their personal income tax preparation, while 58% said their company does not.

 

Michael Steinitz, global executive director of Accountemps, warns, “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.”

 

The online survey includes responses from more than 1,000 U.S. workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.