In the questions to the Chancellor yesterday following the PBR, Ms Dari Taylor (referring to the new higher rate of tax) said "Will the Chancellor reassure the House that that tax will be collected and that we will not find that people who ought to pay that tax will avoid it by having part of their salaries paid in school fees, thus denying the public purse once again?" Darling did not deny that there were schemes to avoid paying school fees from net-of-tax pay, and did not tell MsTaylor that any payments would be assessable to tax as a benefit-in-kind.
Am I being stupid? Are there any schemes out there to avoid school fees being paid from taxed income or to be assessed as a b-i-k? Or, are MPs so out of date and/or uninformed that they think there are ways to save tax by getting one's employer to pay school fees?
If there are ways of avoiding tax with reference to school fees, I want to know (and so, I assume, will other accounting web users).