Is there a simple way for a UK employer to get a German member of staff a company car in Germany? The rules say that the company cannot own a car in Germany (we do not have a registered office there). The only option appears to be that we pay a car allowance, but obviously that is a very expensive option.
How do others manage this?
One option I have considered is if we buy a car on behalf of the employee (so effectively give them a joining gift) but with an agreement that the car will return to the company's ownership if he/she leaves? Any thoughts on this?
I really want to avoid the expenses of a taxable car allowance if I can and would be very grateful for your experiences or ideas.