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2008 Budget

From 6 April 2008 the fuel benefit charge multiplier (FBC) increases to £16,900 (currently £14,400). In future the FBC multiplier will increase at least in line with inflation.

This will increase the tax cost by up to £350 and a liability to Class 1A national insurance of up to £112.

Car benefit

The tax you pay on your company car is governed by five factors:

  • the list price of the car, on the day before it was first registered, plus certain accessories,
  • the rate at which the car emits carbon dioxide (CO2),
  • the fuel type (for most types of car, this is all the information you need to work out the taxable benefit)
  • your highest rate of income tax
  • any capital contribution to the cost of the car up to a maximum of £5,000

You can find your taxable percentage for 2008/09 using the following table:

How to find out how much CO2 your company car emits – see:

  • the car’s V5 registration document
  • your dealer
  • the data pages of car magazines (current models)
  • the Vehicle Certification Agency – www.vca.gov.uk
  • the website of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders - www.smmt.co.uk/co2/co2search.cfm

Reliable emissions data is not widely available for cars registered before 1 January 1998. For them, the following taxable percentages apply, regardless of fuel type:

Engine capacity Taxable %
Up to 1400cc 15%
1401 - 2000cc 22%
Over 2000cc 32%

Car fuel benefits

If the employee pays for the full cost of all fuel for private journeys (usually including home to work) there will be no car fuel benefit. In all other cases the full tax charge will be due.

The taxable car fuel benefit, for 2008/09, is calculated by multiplying £16,900 by the same percentage as applies (or would apply) for the car benefit.

Example: A company car driver has a car which, on the day before it was first registered, had a list price of £18,000. It runs on petrol, and emits 172 g/km of CO2.

If we assume the driver pays tax at 40%, the annual tax bill on the car is: £18,000 x 23% x 40% = £1,656

If the employer provides any fuel used for private journeys and is not re-imbursed for the cost, the 2008/09 tax bill for the fuel is: £16,900 x 23% x 40% = £1,554.80.

Company vans

The taxable benefit for the unrestricted use of company vans is £3,000 (with no reduction for older vans) plus a further £500 of taxable benefit if fuel is provided by the employer for private travel.

The maximum tax payable on the use of a company van is £1,400 p.a., and the employer's Class1A NIC payable is £448 p.a.



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