Equipment added to a car, also known as ‘extras’, e.g. a sunroof. Certain types of equipment are excluded from the definition, including mobile phones and security enhancements.
HMRC published guidelines on fuel only mileage rates for company cars, to be used where employers reimburse employees for business travel or where employees are required to repay the cost of fuel used for private travel to avoid the fuel benefit charge.
A vehicle that runs on something other than purely petrol or diesel, including BEVs, PHEVs, FCEVs and HEVs.
The amount an employee is required to pay as a condition of a car being available for private use. This will be deducted from the taxable benefit for the year in which the payment is made (often referred to as contributions for private use).
These contributions are not capital contributions which are treated differently for income tax purposes.
The earnings above which an employer must begin to pay secondary Class 1 NIC for apprentices aged under 25.
The maximum Mileage Allowance Payment that is exempt from income tax.
A car that runs purely on electric power, stored in an on-board battery that is plugged in to recharge.
A car regarded as being available for private use and on which input VAT recovery is blocked in whole or part.
Any journey which the employee is necessarily obliged to undertake in the performance of his duties.
When a business purchases a car or van, corporation tax relief is calculated by a system known as capital allowances. The amount of the allowance and the timing of its receipt depend on the CO₂ emissions of the car or van.
A capital sum an employee contributes towards the cost of a car or any qualifying accessory. When calculating the income tax due on the benefit in kind, a contribution, up to a maximum of £5,000, can be deducted from the list price for the year in which the capital sum is contributed and each subsequent year that the employee is assessed on the benefit in kind for that car.
A motor vehicle designed to carry a small number of people. For tax purposes a car may be defined differently depending upon the tax concerned.
The cash equivalent of the benefit of a company car, being the amount on which an employee will be charged income tax.
A car is any mechanically propelled road vehicle unless it is:-
Any motor vehicle of a kind normally used on public roads which has three or more wheels and:
Carbon dioxide. The level of CO₂ emitted is used in the calculation of the car and fuel benefit charges.
Any travel between a permanent workplace and an employee’s home, or any other place which is not a workplace. This cannot be regarded as business travel.
A mechanically propelled road vehicle which is not:
A mechanically propelled road vehicle which is:
A tax on the taxable profits of limited companies and other organisations including clubs, societies, associations, co-operatives and charities. Taxable profits include:
Employees and employers only become liable to pay Class 1 NIC once the Earnings Threshold is reached.
Earnings between the Lower Earnings Limit and the Earnings Threshold count towards an employee's entitlement to certain state benefits, including the earnings related element of the state pension, but no Class 1 NIC is due on these earnings as the rate is set at 0%.
The rental payable for a car provided under a contract hire agreement plus any blocked VAT.
A catch-all term for BEVs and PHEVs but is often used to refer to just BEVs.
A car which:-
This is a 100% capital allowance available to businesses in the year they purchase a zero emission car. It is not available to businesses that buy cars to lease.
The cash equivalent of the benefit of free (or subsidised) private fuel provided to a company car driver, being the amount on which an employee will be charged income tax.
A pure electric vehicle with a hydrogen fuel cell that powers the electric motor.
An excise tax imposed on the sale of fuel intended for transportation, such as petrol or diesel.
The rates used for taxing the private use of road fuel for businesses that recover input VAT on the cost of fuel used for private motoring.
A mechanically propelled road vehicle constructed primarily for the conveyance of goods or burden and designed or adapted to have a normal, maximum weight exceeding 3,500kg when in normal use and travelling fully loaded.
A car capable of being propelled by two or more power sources, usually comprising an internal combustion engine and a battery powered electric motor. Typically, the term refers to what are commonly known as self-charging hybrids; these are petrol or diesel cars with a small battery, charged through regenerative braking, that generates electrical power and works in tandem with the combustion engine to help lower emissions.
A tax on income, including:
A non-standard accessory which is available with a car when it is first made available to an employee, including for example a tow-bar.
The engine of a traditional diesel or petrol car.
An accessory which was not available with a car when it was first made available to an employee but is added later. For income tax and NIC purposes, a later accessory is only taken into account if its list price is at least £100.
An agreement where the customer pays for the use of goods but does not own them.
Corporation tax relief is reduced by 15% on the effective rental of a car with CO₂ emissions exceeding 110 g/km in 2020/21.
The customer in a lease agreement, that is the person to whom a lease is granted.
The owner of the goods in a lease agreement, that is the person who grants a lease.
Commonly referred to as the ‘P11D value’, this is the published price of a car if sold singly in a retail sale in the open market in the UK on the day before the date of the car’s first registration.
It includes standard accessories, VAT and other relevant taxes and delivery charges, but excludes the first registration fee and VED.
Linked to the basic state pension this is the threshold beyond which earnings count towards an employee’s pension entitlement. However, NIC is not due until earnings exceed the Earnings Threshold.
An additional tax-free allowance available to married taxpayers or those in a civil partnership. An age related allowance is available to those born before 6 April 1935 and a transferable allowance is available to other taxpayers.
A payment from an employer to an employee who undertakes business mileage in his own car. The payment is designed to cover all the costs of owning and running the car, including depreciation and any interest paid on a loan to buy the car — see Approved Mileage Allowance Payments for MAPs that may be paid tax free.
The income tax relief available to an employee who uses his own vehicle for business purposes but is paid less than the Approved Mileage Allowance Payment for business travel.
A mechanically propelled vehicle, not being an invalid carriage, with less than 4 wheels and the weight of which unladen does not exceed 410 kilograms.
A social security contribution calculated by reference to earnings from an employment or office, or the profits of an unincorporated business.
Developed in the 1980s to measure CO₂ emissions and fuel consumption, the New European Driving Cycle was replaced by the WLTP testing regime in September 2017, but NEDC figures will continue to be used for tax purposes for CO₂ emissions and zero emission range for cars registered before April 2020.
An arrangement whereby an employee:
The employee will pay income tax on whichever is the greater of the taxable benefit and the salary sacrificed/cash alternative.
The statutory form used each year by employers to report the provision of taxable benefits to directors and employees. Form P11D must be submitted to HMRC, and provided to employees, by 6 July following the end of the tax year to which it relates
A term commonly used instead of list price because the list price of a company car must be entered on form P11D before submission to HMRC.
Payments paid to employees travelling on a business journey because they carry other employees for whom the journey is also business travel.
The amount of taxable income which most UK residents are allowed to earn or receive each year tax-free. The amount of the personal allowance depends on the taxpayer's age and total income for the tax year.
A vehicle with a combination of a battery, which must be plugged in to be recharged, and a traditional internal combustion engine, which is able to drive in either pure electric mode or pure fuel mode.
For income tax purposes, a car owned by a business and in respect of which all the following conditions are satisfied:
When a business buys its vehicles outright or uses a finance agreement that eventually gives title to the business, that is deferred purchase.
An accessory made available by reason of the employee’s employment which is attached to the car and made available for use with it, without ownership being transferred to the employee, including for instance a stereo or DAB radio.
The maximum Relevant Motoring Expense that is exempt from NIC.
A car obtained by a company or individual who intends to use it exclusively for business purposes and which has not therefore been subject to the full input tax blockage; that is, the business has recovered, in full, the input VAT on purchase.
Term used to describe how far a BEV can travel before needing to be recharged. May also be used to describe the distance a PHEV could travel under electric power alone (before relying on ICE technology).
An EV that has only an electric drivetrain, but a small petrol generator to charge the battery for longer trips when the electric range is depleted.
Payments from an employer to an employee who uses his own car for business purposes such as:
An accessory which replaces another qualifying accessory (“the old accessory”) and is of the same kind as the old accessory.
Although not precisely defined in tax legislation it is regarded as being the price that an ordinary member of the public might pay for a car. This will include VAT, even if this has been recovered by the taxpayer in question or the leasing company, but no account should be taken of any bulk discounts or special deals that a particular buyer might obtain
In April 2000, HMRC published a bulletin stating that if the lessee knows the actual price paid by the lessor for the car when new, this can be used as the retail price when new.
The colloquial term used to describe the Vehicle Excise Duty due when a new car is first registered, which can be higher than the standard VED.
A 130% first year allowance available to companies that purchase qualifying plant and machinery, that includes vans and electric chargepoint equipment, between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2023.
Linked to the income tax threshold at which an employee’s earnings become liable to higher-rate tax, this is the amount above which an employee pays Class 1 NIC at a rate of just 2%.
The earnings above which an employer must begin to pay secondary Class 1 NIC for employees aged under 21.
A motor vehicle designed primarily for transporting goods. For tax purposes a van may be defined differently depending upon the tax concerned.
The cash equivalent of the benefit of a company van, being the amount on which an employee will be charged income tax.
A mechanically propelled road vehicle of a construction primarily suited for the conveyance of goods or burden.
For VAT purposes a commercial vehicle (that is a van or a heavy goods vehicle) is a mechanically propelled road vehicle which is:
Also referred to as road fund licence or road tax this is an excise duty which enables motor vehicles to be legally used on U.K. roads.
Effective from September 2017, the Worldwide harmonised Light vehicles Test Procedure replaced the NEDC because it gives a better measure of a car’s on-road performance. For tax purposes WLTP will be used as the measure of CO₂ emissions and zero emission range for cars registered from 6 April 2020.
The annual rate at which capital allowances can be claimed. This rate is reduced or extended if the chargeable period is shorter or longer than one year.
The writing down allowance is the rate which applies in the absence of any initial or first year allowance. For plant and machinery, such as cars and vans a reducing balance basis is used to calculate the capital allowances available each year.
Total writing down allowances may not exceed the actual depreciation (that is purchase price less sale proceeds).