The government is broke and with that the IRS will go searching for any revenue possible. Unfortunately it will probably cost more then what it actually brings in. This will stretch out to many industries and not just tech firms listed in the article. The first people to lose any benefits should be the politicians and government employees who are allowed up to $20/day bought for them.
Here is the tax news out of Silicon Valley Business Journal:
The Internal Revenue Service wants to tax the free food that tech companies like Facebook and Google give to employees, potentially putting one of Silicon Valley’s most famous perks in jeopardy.
The IRS argues that the employer-provided food is a taxable fringe benefit and has sought back taxes that may amount to a third of the meals’ fair-market value
In another move that shows more focus on complimentary fare, the IRS and U.S. Treasury Department said their top tax priorities list for the current tax year that ends next June will include taxing “employer-provided meals,” the Journal reported. The agencies plan to issue new instructions on the matter as well, though specifics and details were not provided.