They won’t call it a tax, but by any other name, it smells the same. The City of Nottingham (of Robbing Hood fame) is instituting a tax over the next few years on private parking spaces. About $75 a month per space will be charged to the 500 largest employers in the area. This is not new in the UK, Birmingham does it already. Its a way to attempt to force employers to do something about commuting (hire people closer to the factory, institute car pooling, etc). The employer can pay the tax themselves or pass it along to the employee.
Just another government boondoggle to raise money "for public transportation." Let’s see, we are taxing those who drive cars so those who take the bus can ride for free. OK, I don’t have a problem charging for parking, you know that. And I believe that providing parking should be the decision of the business owner. And I believe that parking should be unbundled so people know exactly what providing parking should cost. However this thinly veiled attempt at another tax is another example of government taking money from one pocket because its gotten all that was available from another.
Will this tax be used to lower other business taxes (HA), will the money go back into the industrial estates to clean them up, provide better police and fire protection, better streets, maybe a tree or two?(HA HA). The money is supposed to be used for better public transportation. As with most of these taxes, I’ll believe it when I see it.
Consider the lottery tax. Well, that’s what it is — People, mostly poor people, are snookered into buying lottery tickets. 100% of them, less one, win nothing. zero, zip. The money goes to pay for the administration of the lottery and the rest (in California, anyway) is supposed to go to schools. Are our schools any better than they were before the lottery. Not by any measurable amount. However the government supports this hidden tax on a subset of our population. Shame…
Be alert — your local government will pick up on this, if they haven’t already, and in the name of environmentalism, or global warming, or something, will put this in place and businesses will decide that its a better idea to move to China than put up with this tax after tax after tax.