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There was a feature on Radio 4 about the taxing of companies for car parking spaces. What legislation is being introduced to allow Government to do this?
I was just wondering how it would affect, for example, our company? And if there is still a chance to protest against it!
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wumpus answers:

I don't listen to Radio4 so didn't hear the article.

But if a parking space is provided free when everywhere else is paid parking, HMRC might see it as a "benefit in kind".

You have to pay tax on those. But that would be a personal tax hit, rather than a company one.

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cryptminder answers:

Yes there was something about this in the newspapers a couple of months ago.

Commuters face a £350 tax on workplace parking spaces in an attempt to encourage them out of their cars and on to public transport.

The tax is being planned as an alternative to congestion charging because it is thought to be much cheaper and easier to collect. Nottingham City Council is the first local authority planning to introduce the tax. Eight other councils, including Devon County Council, are understood to be considering similar schemes.

Under the Nottingham initiative, employers with more than ten parking spaces will have to pay the tax and most are expected to pass the cost on to staff.

The scheme is widely thought to be more politically acceptable. Unlike the Central London congestion charge, shoppers and other drivers who are not travelling to work will not have to pay.

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