Originally Posted by JohnH
While they may not be able to get the tax write off, they get the company to pay for it, so there's even more incentive.
I don't see why it has to be advertised as being at a ski resort. No reason you couldn't have a... ummm... "conference" in Eagle Colorado or Salt Lake City. hell, I'm going to a conference in Las Vegas in two weeks that my multi-Billion dollar company is paying for, which is for a specific financial tool we use. I'm sort of annoyed that they never have these conferences at ski areas also. They always seem to be in Los Angeles, FL (right on the beach in Clearwater or in Orlando) or here in VA. I really have no desire to go to Las Vegas in the middle of the summer. I'm not a gambler, as is the case with most Finance people.
It's not that employees can't get their companies to pay for continuing education, it's that they can't get travel expenses to go to a 2 hour per day class at a ski or golf resort. I'm self employed, and I'm just looking to find inexpensive courses to make my vacations tax deductible, the way doctors and lawyers do.
An earlier post got me thinking about it, so I did some research and found an organization that will certify courses for a small, refundable fee. You send them a course outline, along with your qualifications and $75, and they certify your course (or suggest improvements). The worst case is they refund $50. You can give the course for one year, and they keep all the records. If we got 5 guys to write one 2-hour course each, we could put it together as a program. Just about anybody must know enough to put together a 2 hour course about his own work. We could all meet in Aspen for a week, ski our brains out and go home with 10 credits and a bunch of tax deductions. If we marketed it a little, we might even make some money. If anyone knows how to manipulate Google, we might be able to reach every engineer in the world. It might even become a real business.
Then we could do it all over again in Cozumel.
If any one is interested, send me a PM.