HMRC have recently released the latest Advisory fuel rates that came into effect from 1 March 2020.
These rates apply to employees using Company cars on business journeys.
There are a number of changes covering LPG and diesel engine vehicles.
The 1400cc or less rate has remained unchanged at 12p per mile
The 1401cc to 2000cc rate has remained unchanged at 14p per mile
The over 2000cc rate has decreased by 1p from 21p to 20p per mile
The 1400cc or less rate has remained unchanged at 8p per mile
The 1401cc to 2000cc rate has increased by 1p to 10p from 9p per mile
The over 2000cc rate has remained unchanged at 14p per mile
The 1600cc or less rate has remained unchanged at 9p per mile
The 1601cc to 2000cc rate remains unchanged at 11p per mile
The over 2000cc rate has decreased from 14p to 13p per mile
HMRC have also confirmed that the Advisory Electricity Rate for fully electric cars remains at 4 pence per mile. Electricity is not a fuel for car fuel benefit purposes.
It is important to ensure that employees are paid within the HMRC rates to avoid a tax charge arising. During an employer compliance inspection one of the key checks made by HMRC relates to claims made relating to business travelled, both in company cars and employees own vehicles, and HMRC make a significant amount of recoveries from employers in respect of excess rate payments.
If you would like any help in understanding how Smith Cooper can help you to minimise your risks of underpaid tax and NIC arising during HMRC Compliance Inspections, please contact our Employment Tax team.