A claim that millions of drivers who use their own cars for
work face sharply-increased taxes under plans being considered by ministers has
been described as “pure speculation”.
Even those doing voluntary work could be caught up by the
scheme, drawn up by Revenue and Customs, said The Daily Telegraph.
Should the idea be adopted, a motorist driving 10,000 miles
a year for an employer could face an additional tax bill of £500 to £1,500 a
year, the newspaper said.
At present, anyone who is reimbursed for using their own car
is entitled to claim 40p a mile for the first 10,000 miles without facing tax.
After that anything paid over 25p a mile is subject to both tax and national
Under a plan reportedly being considered, the 40p allowance
would be slashed to 25p for those using cars with CO2 emissions above 185 grams
per kilometre. Thus anybody driving 10,000 miles for work could be £1,500 a
year worse off, the newspaper said.
The Telegraph said that Revenue and Customs had confirmed
that the tax penalty would apply to those using their own cars for work.
A spokesman for Revenue and Customs said: “This is pure
speculation and any policy decisions are a matter for ministers.”
Perhaps GORDON BROWN would
like to enlighten everyone.
NuLab – Destroying Britain
from the inside out.