First: Thank you in advance for you time and help.
Is it legal or applicable for your employer to charge you a "vehicle use" tax on a company provided vehicle?
Our employer requires us to take our assigned ford escape home daily. The vehicle is logo'd. We are required to take the vehicle home due to our policy and procedures of being on call 365 days a years 24 hours a day. Also per our policy and procedures we are not allowed to drive for personal use (except time periods were that person is the primary Project Manager on call - usually 1 week a month). We are not allowed to have (verbally) any non employees in the vehicle and (written) anyone under the age of 18 in the vehicle. The company also requires us per our policy and procedures to wash the vehicle (non reimbursable) once a week. The ford escape is loaded with paperwork and tools of the trade for us to perform our job duties in the event of an emergency call. The vehicles are assigned a company gas card that stays in the vehicle.
Last year at the end of the physical year in December a certain amount was applied to our checks, then taxed and the removed. We were not informed of this prior nor signed anything for this deduction. We were told it was figured based on the distance to and from office to home. Employees that lived further we taxed more and employees that had newer or more valuable vehicles were taxed more. I have asked a dozen times to various people including accounting, HR and ownership to have this explained to us. To date this still has not been explained to us on how or why this tax is applied.
Below is a link to the GOV pdf but hard to interpret. I believe the area of discussion is around page 20.