Government Says 0% BIK On Pure Electric Cars
The Government says that company car drivers choosing a pure electric vehicle will pay no benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21.
In its long-awaited response to its review of WLTP and vehicle taxes, HM Treasury has binned the previously published BIK rates for 2020/21.
Instead it has created two new BIK tables for company car drivers; a table for those driving a company car registered after April 6, 2020, and one for those driving a company car registered before April 6, 2020 (see below).
HM Treasury says that for cars first registered from April 6, 2020, most company car tax rates will be reduced by two percentage points.
That means for a pure electric vehicle with zero tailpipe emissions, company car drivers will be taxed at 0%, paying no BIK tax at all.
Furthermore, the zero percentage rate is also extended to company car drivers in pure electric vehicles registered prior to April 6, 2020, who were already looking forward to a much reduced rate of 2% for 2020/21.
The 0% rate will also apply to company cars registered from April 6, 2020, with emissions from 1-50g/km and a pure electric mile range of 130 miles or more.
Both will then increase to 1% in 2021/22 and 2% in 2022/23.
Pure electric company cars registered before April 6, 2020, will also increase to 1% and 2% in subsequent years, 2021/22 and 2022/23.
However, company cars registered before April 6, 2020, with emissions from 1-50g/km and a pure electric mile range of 130 miles or more attract a 2% BIK rate in 2020/21 and stay the same for the two subsequent tax years.
From 2023/24, fleets will have one BIK tax table again as the rates are realigned.
The Government says that “by providing clarity of future the appropriate percentages, businesses will have the ability to make more informed decisions about how they make the transition to zero emission fleets”.
It added: “Appropriate percentages beyond 2022-23 remain under review and will be announced at future fiscal events.
“The Government aims to announce appropriate percentages at least two years ahead of implementation to provide certainty for employers, employees and fleet operators.”
Ashley Barnett, head of fleet consultancy at Lex Autolease, said: “The lack of clarity on the long-term tax regime for company cars has severely hampered uptake, clearly reflected in the most recent car registration figures from the SMMT and the reduction in the number of people paying company car taxation.
“Today’s announcement gives a degree of much-needed certainty to company car drivers and fleet managers. Coupled with the EV infrastructure announcement, it is a welcome sign of the Government’s commitment to stimulating company car uptake and getting newer, cleaner vehicles on the roads, a vital part of its Road to Zero strategy.
“It is really good to see that Benefit in Kind (BIK) will be 0% on EVs from April 2021 with this increasing by 1% to reach 2% in 2022-23 regardless of registration date.
“The freeze on BIK for vehicles under NEDCc at 2020-21 levels for two years is also welcome news for the fleet industry. This, coupled with RDE2-compliant diesel vehicles being exempt from the 4% diesel supplement, gives clear foresight for company car fleet decision makers.”
The fleet industry was asked earlier this year to respond to a series of questions around whether vehicle tax changes are required once the new emissions testing regime, WLTP, is adopted for tax purposes from April 2020.
Initial evidence provided by manufacturers suggested that more than 50% of cars will see an increase from NEDC-correlated emissions values to WLTP of between 10% and 20%. Fleet News had seen increases as high as 30% in some cases.
For company car drivers and fleet operators choosing a new car from April 2020, this could have resulted in an increased tax liability, compared to an identical model. The Government hopes this new approach avoids that anomaly.
The 4% diesel premium on published BIK rates remains, but cars classed as RDE2 will still be exempt from the charge.
The Government added that existing vehicle excise duty (VED) rates – not part of this review – will stay the same from April 6, 2020, despite the introduction of WLTP values for tax purposes from this date.
The Government says that a call for evidence for VED will be published later this year, seeking views on moving towards a “more dynamic approach to VED”, which recognises smaller changes in CO2 emissions.
Source: Fleet News
Added: 9th July 2019