The National Audit
Office has been hit with a £97,500 tax bill going back six years after
failing to declare the chauffeur-driven car of Sir John Bourn as a taxable
The tax bill on the £102,500 benefit has been paid out of the NAO budget.
An interest bill of £2,000 will also be met, while the NAO has set aside
£6,000 for a penalty payment.
The figures emerge from the remuneration report of the NAO’s 2007/08
accounts, which also disclose that benefits declared by Sir John in relation to
his wife’s travel on official trips had been increased by £5,300.
The tax investigation follows revelations in
magazine over Sir John’s chauffeur-driven car.
Exposure of the tax investigation may prove embarrassing for new auditor
general Tim Burr, who sat on the audit committee for the period covered.