10th March 2020
Fully electric vehicles
Employees are required to pay income tax on any Benefits that they receive from their employer. The Benefit in Kind (BIK) for Company cars is calculated based on the car’s C02 emissions and the list price of the vehicle.
From 6th April 2020, the BIK for fully electric cars is being reduced to 0% for the tax year 2020/2021. The Government’s summary of responses document published in July 2019 confirmed that: –
“All zero-emission Company cars will attract a reduced appropriate percentage of:
• 0% in 2020/21
• 1% in 2021/22
• before returning to the planned 2% rate in 2022/23”
These reduced rates are applicable for cars registered before and after 6th April 2020.
The advance of these reduced rates will reduce the employee’s income tax liability and save employers on their Class 1A National Insurance liability.
Fully electric cars will not have any fuel scale rate charges applied to them, as electricity is not classified as a fuel. For reimbursement of mileage, you would use the approved electricity rate of 4p per mile.
There are also tax advantages if you provide your employee with charging facilities at your workplace, and even for the installation of a vehicle charging point to be installed at the employee’s home.
Ultra-low emission vehicles
If a fully electric car is not available, there are also reduced rates for ultra-low emission cars with CO2 emissions of less than 75g/km.
For cars registered from 6th April 2020 with a range of more than 130 electric range miles, they will also benefit from the reduced appropriate percentage of 0% for the 2020/2021 tax year.
For cars registered before 6th April 2020 with a range of more than 130 electric range miles, they will benefit from the reduced appropriate percentage of 2% for the 2020/2021 tax year.
If you require any further advice in relation to the above, please contact the office on 01538 755866.