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Electric company car tax explained

What is company car tax?

Getting a company car is a real perk for employees. It’s often pretty exciting too. That can be tempered when you get lumped with a company car tax bill, however.

Tax is due as soon as a company car is used privately, which includes commuting to work. This is because it becomes known as a benefit in kind (BIK), with the good folk at HMRC deciding how much is owed based on several different things.

Benefit in kind company car tax rates

How much is company car tax?

The level of company car tax you pay depends on the value of the vehicle and your earnings. It’s also affected by things like whether you have the vehicle full-time and if you pay anything towards the cost of purchase. The amount of company car tax due is also based on what type of fuel the vehicle uses and its CO2 emissions.

Put simply, if you’re on a big wage and you drive an expensive car with high emissions, you’re going to pay the most in company car tax. You can use the government’s calculator tool to work out exactly how much you owe. The amount of tax due can be very high, easily running into thousands of pounds per year – unless you have an electric car, that is.

What is electric company car tax?

Last year, the company car tax on electric cars was eliminated (0%) for the 2020/21 financial year. That’s right; there was zero, zilch, zip all to pay. The government decided to cut the rate from 16% to 0%. Given company car tax is often hundreds of pounds a month, or even more, this means there are huge savings when you go electric.

This year 2021/22, the electric vehicle company car tax rate has risen to 1% of an EV’s taxable list price. This is also known as the P11D value. The following year this rises to just 2%, keeping the level far below petrol and diesel vehicles, as well as plug-in hybrids. These other vehicles come within a new set of bands rising to a maximum of 37%, depending on emissions. Some diesel vehicles also attract an extra 4% supplement.

Company car tax by fuel type

Let's compare two similar sized models both from Volkswagen and see how the tax stacks up. Here's the tail of the tape... Volkswagen id.3 vs Volkswagen Golf. Only one can win.

Benefit in Kind (BIK)

Monthly tax @ Income Tax rate of 20%

Monthly tax @ Income Tax rate of 40%

Monthly tax @ Income Tax rate of 45%

Volkswagen id.3 150kW Life Pro 58kWh | P11D £35,780

2021/2022

£358

£6

£12

£13.50

2022/2023

£716

£12

£24

£27

Volkswagen Golf 8 Style 2.0 TDI DSG | P11D £30,235

2021/2022

£8,163

£136

£272

£306

2022/2023

£8,466

£141

£282

£317

As you can see, EVs offer enormous savings on company car tax compared to petrol and diesel models.

In the example above, a 20% income tax payer would save in 12 months over £1,500 in tax and a 40% income tax payer would save over £3,000 in tax.

Benefits of having an electric company car

As well as the environmental and reputational benefits enjoyed by both businesses and employees from running EVs, there are plenty of advantages when it comes to costs too. These include:

Company Car Tax Rate

2%

FY2022/2023

Future Company Car Tax Rate

2%

Until 2025

London Congestion Charge

100%

Discount (after registering)

Expenses

5p per mile

Driving on business

Are electric cars good as company cars?

Electric cars aren’t just good as company cars – they’re great! Whether you’re more concerned about reducing your carbon footprint or cutting costs, the UK’s ever-expanding charging network means it’s easy to keep your battery topped up even if you cover a lot of miles each day.

From the best green company cars to the essential steps of how to lease an EV, we’re here to help and guide you on our collective journey towards a cleaner, greener future. Give us a call today to discuss your company car leasing options – our friendly team will be more than happy to answer your questions.

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