If you reclaim VAT on your expenditure, please note that HMRC have published new company car advisory fuel rates to take effect from 1 December 2011.
These rates apply to all journeys on or after 1 December 2011 until further notice, allowing them to reflect fuel prices more quickly. For one month from the date of change, employers may use either the previous or new current rates, as they choose. Employers may therefore make or require supplementary payments if they so wish, but are under no obligation to do either.
The advisory fuel rates for journeys undertaken on or after 1 December 2011 are:
1400cc or less
1401cc – 2000cc
1600cc or less
1601cc – 2000cc
Please note that most rates have not changed. However the rate for LPG cars has reduced for those with an engine size of 1400cc or less.
Other points to be aware of about the advisory fuel rates:
Employers do not need a dispensation to use these rates.
Employees driving employer provided cars are not entitled to use these rates to claim tax relief if employers reimburse them at lower rates. Such claims should be based on the actual costs incurred.
The advisory rates are not binding where an employer can demonstrate that the cost of business travel in employer provided cars is higher than the guideline mileage rates. The higher cost would need to be agreed with HMRC under a dispensation.
If you would like more information, please contact me.