- Changes to low-emission car taxation
- Electric and plug-in hybrid cars affected
- Planned fuel duty hike scrapped
The Government has introduced changes to the Benefit-in-Kind system in an effort to encourage the use of low CO2-emitting vehicles.
Primarily affecting those driving cars emitting less than 75g/km, there’s a pair of new company car tax bands set to be bought in from April 2015.
The first is for cars emitting between 0 and 50g/km, and those cars will be in for company car tax at 5% in 2015/2016, rising to 7% in 2016/2017.
Secondly, cars emitting between 51g/km and 75g/km will incur tax at 9% for 2015/2016, rising to 11% in 2016/2017.
In 2017/2018 there is going to be 3% difference between the two new tax bands, while in 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 there will be a 2% difference between the two and between 51-75g/km and 76-94g/km bands.
The changes will affect only those cars which emit very low CO2 levels. The Volvo V60 Plug-in Hybrid with its 8% tax for this year will be taxed the same each year until April 2016, at which point its tax will rise to 10%.
Also announced was the fact that from now on the Government will be giving Benefit-in-Kind taxation figures at least three years in advance.
In terms of fuel, the 1.89 pence per litre hike planned for September 1 was scrapped.
The thresholds for the tax levels have changed too, and now the 20% basic rate tax is for those earning between £1 and £32,010 per year. Higher 40% tax is payable by those earning between £32,011 and £150,000 per year. Those lucky enough to be earning over £150,001 per year will still have to pay 50% as before.
The Basic Personal Allowance has also risen to £9,440.
Company car tax for the coming years now looks like this:
|% of P11d||2012/13||2013/14||2014/15||2015/16||2016/17|
|Price||CO2 (g/km)||CO2 (g/km)||CO2 (g/km)||CO2 (g/km)||CO2 (g/km)|
(The above table doesn't show the 3% diesel surcharge. For all cars using diesel, please add 3% onto the value you get from the table)