New VAT reclaim on fuel

Emily Coltman

Chief Accountant

HMRC have issued new fuel rates for company cars, to start on 1st June 2010.

I haven't got a company car, why should I care?

Do you travel on business in your own car?

These rates are also used to work out the fuel element of mileage you claim back when you travel in your own car on business.

Why is that important?

Because you can only reclaim VAT on the fuel element of mileage.  You can't reclaim VAT on the rest of the reclaim - which is for repairs to the car, tax, insurance, wear and tear, etc etc.

Do I need to worry about it?

Not if you're a FreeAgent user, no!

We've updated the FreeAgent calculations so that as from 1st June 2010 the new rate will be applied to your mileage when you reclaim the VAT.

Just tick the box to reclaim VAT when you enter mileage, if you have a VAT receipt, and that's all you need to do!

Disclaimer: The content included in this blog post is based on our understanding of tax law at the time of publication. It may be subject to change and may not be applicable to your circumstances, so should not be relied upon. You are responsible for complying with tax law and should seek independent advice if you require further information about the content included in this blog post. If you don't have an accountant, take a look at our directory to find a FreeAgent Practice Partner based in your local area.

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