tax formsIt’s that time of year again!

As April 15 swiftly approaches and people scurry to submit their taxes, one survey says that three out of 10 workers rely on company time and good ol’ office supplies to get it all done.

Accountemps’ new survey reveals office resources like the copier or printer are definitely a go-to destination as employees simultaneously use up company time for income tax preparation.

Workers were asked, “In your opinion, how common is it for employees at your firm to spend time on personal income tax preparation (e.g., printing paperwork, filling out forms, talking to their accountant) during work hours?” Basically, it’s not uncommon to see colleagues spending time on these matters but it doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. (Not to become too human resources-like here but why not simply get the copying done before the day begins or after it ends?)

Per the press release, Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies┬«, explains: “Beyond the time-theft issues, it’s risky to have personal financial documents floating around the workplace or stored in your office copier’s hard drive.”

He adds, “Employees shouldn’t go overboard and let productivity suffer because of last-minute tax scrambling.”