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Tax amnesty for Tory MPs

UP to 20 Conservative MPs have been given a tax amnesty over parliamentary perks, some of which relate to company cars. National newspapers this week claimed the amnesty amounted to £400,000 but the Inland Revenue told Fleet NewsNet it did not know where that figure came from and it had not issued any figures.

The MPs won their tax battle with the Inland Revenue after appealing against their tax bills to the independent tax appeal commission which decided the allowances should be given.

The MPs are said to have claimed car mileage and depreciation allowances for parliamentary business while using company cars. One unnamed MP, who claimed for three company cars at different addresses, is said to have saved £40,000 in tax, interest and penalties.

The issue revolves around the mileage rates of up to 74p a mile granted to MPs. The rates are high because they are designed to allow MPs to buy a new car every three years and cover maintenance and insurance as well as petrol. However, MPs who have company cars as part of a director's remuneration package or charge their car to their businesses have none of the additional costs.

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