Lease car drivers get €13m tax surcharge

The tax office has imposed surcharges totalling €12.6m on lease car drivers who lied about how often they use their company car for private purposes.

If a company car is used to drive fewer than 500 private km, the motorist does not have to pay any extra tax. But if the private km usage is higher, the car is treated as a perk and taxed at 20% of the catalogue value.
Junior finance minister Jan Kees de Jager said earlier this year he was planing to crack down on company car fraud.
Tax inspectors use cars fitted with special scanners in an effort to track down people who use their company cars for private business. Festivals, out-of-town shopping centres, sports events and other popular destinations are targeted in particular.

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