Tuesday, 20 October 2009

We'll Have Some Of That

Labour never miss a trick when it comes to imaginative new tax-raising opportunities.

A revaluation of business rates from next April is set to hit the sites of car boot sales, including pub car parks, ministers confirmed.

Barbara Follett, the Communities Minister, confirmed the plans in a written answer to shadow communities secretary Caroline Spelman, saying: ''Where a property is used entirely, or on occasion, as a car boot sale site, its rateable value for the 2010 revaluation should reflect any rental enhancement attributable to that use.''

The Tories don't seem to be highlighting this in the way I would, though.

Mrs Spelman accused Gordon Brown of a ''tax assault'' on those who wanted to use car boot sales to kit out their homes during the recession.

Well, that's one way of looking at it but, where I live at least, car boot sales are almost exclusively held by voluntary organisations, local charities, or non profit-making enterprises like amateur football clubs etc.

If the land they rent for holding such events is subject to more tax to the owner, he will, unless he/she is very generous, charge more rent accordingly. The end loser then, is the fund-raiser as they will no doubt see a drop in income by either swallowing the extra cost, or by passing it on and risking the loss of stall-holders ... which amounts to the same thing.

Labour may argue that this is a 'local' tax so not their fault, but considering the government funds most of council spending via the block grant which can (and most often is) manipulated to the government's advantage, I think we know where the extra money is likely to end up. I'd be more generous in my summation of a Labour administration's intentions if they hadn't gone about being a bunch of shifty, lying, money-grabbing fuckers for the past 13 years, of course.

So, a better headline for this story could well have read "Labour Raise Taxes on Local Charities and Voluntary Organisations".

Which is the end result once you cut out all the spin.


timbone said...

I remember back in th 1980's when car boot sales became very popular, the tory government murmered something about all those taking part needing a trading license and paying tax. That would have been impossible to put into practise.
Car boot sales became less popular with such things as ebay, but they have recently taken off again. So of course, the present government are looking at ways to cash in on it. Unlike the tories in the 1980's, this lot push things through without any thought about the negative consequences.
It is similar to their changing of the music and performance license. Here is an example. Let us say it is Christmas, and a group of music students want to form a little ensemble to play at the town Christmas tree to raise money for their local hospice. There is a problem. Because of this governments legislation, they now have to apply and pay for a license to do it.

Sue said...

Garage sales next. If you use your garage for the occasional garage sale, you'll have to be taxed on it or your earnings!

JuliaM said...

Car boot fairs - no H&S, you can buy as much of anything as you like ('40 packets of asprin love? Righto!'), Trading Standards rarely visit, they aren't exactly disability-friendly, being mostly in fields, no-one gives a stuff about the ethnicity or percentage of 'disadvantaged groups' buying OR selling, and most of it's cash in hand.

No wonder they want to squeeze them out...

Angry Exile said...

So, a better headline for this story could well have read "Labour Raise Taxes on Local Charities and Voluntary Organisations".

It's shit, but I suppose it makes a change from Labour Raise Taxes For Fake Charities and Nannying Organisations.

banned said...

Another Labour own goal Fantastic ! I would guess that most car boot sale contributors might be thought of as Labour voters. Jumble sales next." Govt. Squeezes Tax from Cubs & Brownies "

Our biggest regular car boot sale is run by the council on land it ownsbtw so no income generated there.