A tax on bravery: Undercover police officers get billed for their chase cars as they are taxed as company vehicles

Mail Online | 9/30/2017 | Mark Nicol for The Mail on Sunday
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Hundreds of undercover police officers have been hit by a 'shameful' tax on the unmarked vehicles they use to track and chase terrorists and gangsters.

The elite officers have received bills of up to £5,000 after Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) ruled the high-powered cars and motorbikes they drive in their dangerous roles should be taxed as company cars.

Critics - Move - 'ridiculous - Police - Federation

Critics have branded the move 'ridiculous', while both the Police Federation – representing rank and file officers – and the National Police Chiefs' Council, say the tax could damage national security.

Undercover operatives often take their vehicles home so they can respond faster to emergency call-outs.

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To date, they have been taxed only on their personal mileage outside working hours, but now HMRC is demanding a levy based on the vehicles' retail value and CO2 emissions – the same as executives' company cars.

Officers told The Mail on Sunday that they cannot afford to pay the additional taxes, and that the move will compromise public safety.

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Their treatment is in contrast to that of police chiefs, who have previously fitted blue lights to their executive cars to reduce their tax bills.

Last night, an officer from the Metropolitan Police's Specialist Crime and Operations branch, who used his vehicle to respond to the IS attack on London Bridge in June, said: 'I'm on a £40,000 salary. So there's no way I can pay £5,000 in company vehicle tax to HMRC.

'It - Shameful - Policing

'It's shameful that it's being imposed on us because it will seriously impact on policing.

'I can react faster to an incident, such as London Bridge, because I've got an undercover...
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