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Who pays for the extra toilet paper? The big questions of the work-from-home era

By Toby Sterling

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Finally people are realizing the cost of working from home due to CCP virus. Company should pay for my monitor, toilet paper, electricity, housing rent, water and etc with a pay raise.

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Is there a study to review the benefits of the reduced commute to work?

Apart from the obvious costs for public transportation including bus and train fares, for those who drive there would be reduced fuel costs and vehicle maintenance.

Then there is the reduce time to commute and inherent stress of being caught in traffic jams, overcrowded trains etc.

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Here in Australia you can claim a deduction of 80 cents for each hour you worked from home in the 2019–20 income year during the period 1 March to 30 June 2020 as long as you: were working from home to fulfil your employment duties and not just carrying out minimal tasks such as occasionally checking emails or taking calls.

It may not be s lot but it is still something.

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Here in Australia you can claim a reduction

Australia looks after it’s people in many ways; one area it’s lagging, however, is in not reimbursing workers for their transportation costs to and from their place of employment. During the lockdown, many Japanese working remotely, continued to receive a transportation stipend that could easily run into the tens of thousands of yen. Of course, it goes without saying, this extra perk was not extended to part timers.

I haven’t heard anything mentioned about home/office expenses tax deductibility for this year; perhaps others out there have more information about the situation here in Japan..

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When in Japan, use Toto Washlet . . . . underside wash uses less t~let paper.

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So you have the benefit of working from home, no need to get ready and get dressed for work, no need for commute, saving lots of money and lifetime, can do household stuff on the side - and want more money because of that? How about the poor people that cannot work from home, risking getting infected when boarding the trains, rushing though the weather, having to pay to get to work and basically are under surveillance during office hours. Those are the true heroes that need a pay rise for just doing that - not the ones making it comfortable at home. Just my two cents.

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Well working from home may be paradise Saving commuting time for many but sure does not help when you’re doing 過労死 hours.

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We had some oyajis raising the issue, they wanted extra money for working from home. The answer was sure, we pay extra for electricity, internet, etc, but we won’t pay any transportation costs. Suddenly, all complaints stopped

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It's only fair that these costs are reclaimable. But if you aren't travelling to work, you can't expect to receive travel expenses.

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Waste of taxpayers money to pay more money to unelected bureaucrats. Just get them a $100USD Japanese style non-electric bidet and they won't use toilet paper and would save all that money.

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