IRS Wants to Tax Free Lunches

By Joe Gullo , CNN

Published 09/04 2014 02:37PM

Updated 09/04 2014 02:53PM

WASHINGTON - The IRS could be launching a fight over free food.

Companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter others are known for giving their employees free meals.

Now, the Wall Street Journal reports the IRS is questioning whether they should be taxed for the perk.

The agency has added company-provided meals to its list of top tax priorities for the next year.

If the meals are ruled taxable, the cost of the food would be considered income to the employee. That means employers would owe payroll tax and the employee would have to pay up as well.

The IRS had no comment on the matter.

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