When I checked my email this morning I found in my in-box a message from one of the human resources folks at the office. She informed everyone that free parking is now considered a taxable benefit by the state. Therefore, employees who park for free at work must henceforth pay a tax on this benefit. The tax is 52% of the fair market value of the parking. So free parking now costs an average of 23 SEK per day (about 3 USD).
If it weren't codified into law, it would be hilarious.
The state is obviously running desperatly low on funds. To help out, I've compiled short list of other employee benefits that the state should investigate taxing:
- access to the company gym
- benefits provided by membership in company clubs
- coffee & tea in the break rooms
- access to the toilets
- heating in the winter time / air conditioning in the summer
- electricity for computers & lighting
- telephone calls
And why stop there? I belive that a tax on thingy is long overdue.