Smart working bonus of 516 euros for the purchase of chairs and desks for those who work from home –

Smart working bonus of 516 euros for the purchase of chairs and desks for those who work from home –
Smart working bonus of 516 euros for the purchase of chairs and desks for those who work from home –

A voucher to buy smart working chairs and desks. This is one of the novelties of the Sostegni Decree recently converted into law. Indeed, among the amendments approved by the Chambers, the extension for the whole of 2021 ofincrease in so-called fringe benefits to € 516.46 or a form of non-cash remuneration that is granted by companies to employees (a concrete example is the company telephone ed). Therefore, the share of tax-free corporate welfare doubles for companies for the whole of 2021 and therefore the services or goods to be offered to staff are expanded. These include desks, chairs and lamps for working from home.

In detail, in Article 6 of the text, which speaks of measures for the promotion of corporate welfare, the contribution designed for employees is mentioned, which goes from 258.23 to 516.46 euros per year. The objective of the measure to facilitate remote work and not only concerns the home office but also for example petrol vouchers. In the case of desks and chairs, the mechanism to take advantage of the simple benefit. The company has two options: to buy chairs and desks directly delivering them home to employees and then deducting the costs incurred; use ad hoc welfare platforms to distribute gods vouchers to employees who can then spend them in affiliated shops.

The theme is understanding how many companies will decide to use the facility. As Ass Ufficio remembers, in 2020 the standard was used for 80% by companies that already knew it. And mostly for technological products for distance learning and for the purchase of personal protective equipment. Certainly, the extension of the contribution could allow a relaunch for the furniture sector, one of the most affected due to the lockdown that froze the offices for months. A survey by the Ambrosetti Foundation estimates that, keeping the contribution at 516 euros, would potentially set in motion 1.6 billion euros of consumption in the country. With this in mind Federlegno Arredo months ago requested that the threshold of fringe benefits be raised to one thousand euros. Then there is a theme of size, the measure much better known by multinationals or large companies less by small ones. The turning point in terms of use of the measure would occur with the approach to the world of small and medium-sized enterprises.

The advantages

There are encouraging signs in this direction. The fourth Censis Eudaimon Report reveals that in 2020, awareness of corporate welfare among workers increased, coinciding with the doubling of the limit of the tax exemption for fringe benefits. The survey indicates that 87.2% of the companies interviewed consider it useful for the post Covid restart. This is – comments the lawyer Riccardo Zanon, an expert in labor law – a measure that can be useful for creating greater awareness of the corporate welfare culture. It means recovering a communicative thread of trust when going inside companies and the possibility of being able to really make corporate welfare the tool for the restart of our companies, supporting families and businesses at the same time.


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