Law firms ready themselves for huge taxi bill

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  • Tax free taxis

    If the government puts the money from this new stream of tax revenue into better safety on public transport at night, then fair enough.
    It is a brave person who walks alone at night in a British city these days. This is a personal view and has nothing to do with my employer.




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  • Safety first?

    As a female member of staff at a City firm, I recently had the benefit of a taxi home on several occasions during a particular project. I would have been unwilling to work as late if this had not been available and I had to find my own way home late at night. Although the tube itself is relatively safe, the walk at either end of the journey is not one I would like to make by myself late at that time. I think the 'Revenue bureaucrats' should think about employee's safety before lining their own pockets.

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  • Lawyers' whining

    Taxis are necessary if meaningful public transport is not available, but if firms pay for taxis from the City or Canary Wharf for employees at 9.30 p.m. in the evening then that is something that should be treated as a benefit in kind. To those who raise the safety issue, perhaps the point is that they should choose to live in a location which allows them to get home safely. If they live in a unsafe location then that is hardly a reason for their employer to pay for their transport. There's a real entitlement culture among a lot of lawyers. Do they ever think about those less fortunate than themselves who don't have their luxuries.

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  • Expenses

    Most of these taxi rides are anyway treated as "expenses" charged to the client and "expenses" are not "benefit in kind", nor subject to tax...

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  • Re: Lawyers' whining

    It is not only lawyers who rely on taxis home if they are working late; firms provide this service for support staff too. I am sure most people live in the safest area they can afford. I live in an area I am normally happy to walk around, but would not like to be wandering around anywhere by myself late at night.

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  • crazy

    Sometimes the HMRC is entirely impracticable and brings itself into disrepute. This is one of those occasions. The taxis are paid for by clients ordinarily, not the firm, if you are a lawyer so query whether it is a benefit at all provided by the employer. In any event, the systems needed to check on whether a taxi is needed as a matter of safety or whether public transport becomes impracticable would be so cumbersome and subjective that people would lose even more confidence in the state of the HMRC.
    We need to vote for any politicians that will simplify the tax system and ensure that the HMRC adopts more sensible policies.

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