HMRC have recently released the latest Advisory fuel rates that will come into effect from 1 March 2021.
These rates apply to employees using Company cars on business journeys.
There are a number of changes covering petrol, LPG and diesel engine vehicles.
- The 1400cc or less rate has remained the same at 10p per mile
- The 1401cc to 2000cc rate has increased by 1p from 11p to 12p per mile
- The over 2000cc rate has increased by 1p from 17p to 18p
- The 1400cc or less rate has remained the same at 7p per mile
- The 1401cc to 2000cc rate has remained the same at 8p per mile
- The over 2000cc rate has remained the same at 12p per mile
- The 1600cc or less rate has increased by 1p from 8p to 9p
- The 1601cc to 2000cc rate has increased by 1p from 10p to 11p
- The over 2000cc rate has remained the same at 12 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.