Electric vehicle switch offers multiple benefits
by Kleand Sokoli, Clients Account Supervisor
With the world’s leaders in Egypt for the UN’s climate change summit – COP27 – we look at one way UK businesses could reduce not only their use of fossil fuel but also their tax bill.
Motorists are increasingly choosing to drive electric cars and with the government aiming to cease the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030, now could be the perfect time to switch your business to electric vehicles.
Besides the environmental benefit of electric vehicles, there are also tax benefits to businesses using electric vehicles, these have been summarised below:
- Businesses can claim 100% capital allowances on the purchase of brand-new electric cars which can be offset against profits. For petrol and diesel-powered cars, the allowance is only 18% or even 6%.
- The director/employee using the electric car for personal use will only be taxed at 2% of the vehicle list price rather than 15-37% of the list price as well as a fuel benefit if the employee/director is provided with free fuel.
- The example below shows the tax implications of a company providing an electric car to one of its directors/employees versus providing a petrol/diesel powered car with CO2 emissions of 120-124g/km (average of new cars).
Electric Car - £50,000
Petrol/Diesel Car - £50,000
In addition to the previously mentioned benefits, businesses can claim 100% capital allowances on the cost of installing electric charge points at or near the workplace and there is no benefit in kind to the employee for using the charge point. Adding charging points would be a clear demonstration of a business’s commitment to sustainability as well as serving as a very good tax-free employment perk/benefit.
Electric vans are even more beneficial as there is no benefit in kind for personal use of the van.
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