Quip of the WeekPosted on August 14, 2010 in GeneralRe the argument “I need cheap parking in the city because I have to have my car for my job.”If my job required me to have a personal elephant, I wouldn’t think it reasonable to keep it in the city and park it on the street at night.— Commenter Anonymouse.Related Posts Dissent of the Week 2-1 1-1
If your job requires you to have a car, then I hope it pays enough to cover the cost associated with parking that car.
Employers often reimburse employees for mileage and tolls when employees use their own automobiles for company business. (And many employers who require employees to drive go further; providing company cars for company use).
However, it’s long been practice that getting to and from work, and keeping a personal car at night, is not paid for by employers; even if owning the automobile is required for the job. Part of that has to do with tax laws–which permit deductions for on-the-job mileage, but specifically exclude commuting and personal use.
Did Warren G. Harding park his personal elephant in the city streets? He might well have.