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Advisory fuel rates from 1 September 2015

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Changes to these rates from 1 September 2015 are:

  • Petrol: engine size 1400cc or less – 11p per mile
  • Petrol: engine size 1401cc to 2000cc – 14p per mile
  • Petrol: engine size over 2000cc – 21p per mile
  • LPG: engine size 1400cc or less – 7p per mile
  • LPG: engine size 1401cc to 2000cc – 9p per mile
  • LPG: engine size over 2000cc – 14p per mile
  • Diesel: engine size 1600cc or less – 9p per mile
  • Diesel: engine size 1601cc to 2000cc – 11p per mile
  • Diesel: engine size over 2000cc – 13p per mile

These rates can be used to calculate the recovery of VAT input tax on the cost to a business of mileage payments made to employees, or to calculate the amount an employee needs to reimburse an employer for the private fuel used by a company car.

Vehicle Excise Duty changes from April 2017

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

If you are concerned about the annual cost of a VED license you may want to consider your car replacement options before the new VED regime starts April 2017. It will apply to all cars first registered after 1 April 2017.

From this date, VED will still be based on CO2 emissions, but the present generous rates for low CO2 vehicles will largely disappear. The only exception is zero emission vehicles which will continue to have a £0 charge.

VED will be split into two bands: a starter band, which will apply for the first year, and a standard rate, which will apply to subsequent years of ownership.

The rates gradually increase for the initial starter band. For emissions between 1 to 50g/km the starter rate is just £10. At the other extreme, cars with a CO2 rating in excess of 255g/km, the starter rate is a significant £2,000.

Owners of all vehicles with a CO2 emission rate in excess of 0g/km will then pay an annual, standard rate of £140 for the second and subsequent years of ownership.

Finally, cars with a list price above £40,000 will pay a supplement of £310 a year for the first 5 years at which the standard rate is applied. i.e. the annual standard rate for these vehicles will be £450 not £140.

HMRC roadside fuel testing

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Treasury Minister Damian Hinds visited Belfast and Newry recently as HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) unveiled new roadside fuel testing equipment to tackle the trade in illicit diesel.

The hi-tech equipment has been introduced to allow officers to test vehicles at the roadside for the presence of the new fuel marker, which was introduced into supplies intended for use in agriculture and construction industries in April. The new marker is resistant to laundering techniques known to be used by criminal gangs and significantly improves HMRC’s capability to detect fraud.

Previously, the test for the new marker was completed at a laboratory, leading to a delay in identifying illicit fuel and further action being taken. The new equipment will now be installed in 49 HMRC Road Fuel Testing Unit vehicles throughout the UK and used to analyse fuel samples taken at the roadside and at retail premises, starting in Northern Ireland.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Damian Hinds, said:

“I am delighted to see first-hand the new roadside testing equipment in action. Together with the new marker it will play an important part in the fight against fuel fraud.

“At a time when the government’s priority is cutting the deficit, it is unacceptable that criminals are cheating the system. The new marker and testing equipment are part of the significant investment we have made in HMRC to tackle avoidance, evasion and fraud to make sure all businesses and individuals contribute to the tax revenue that is used to fund vital public services.”

Illicit diesel is estimated to make up 13% of the market share of diesel in Northern Ireland and costs the taxpayer around £80 million each year in lost taxes.

The government will monitor the success of the marker during the first six months, to make sure it is delivering results in the fight against fuel fraud. HMRC will publish an evaluation in the autumn.