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1 2015 BUDGET REPORT arval.co.uk

2 Contents Company Car Tax Company Car Benefit-In- Kind Bandings Roads Crossings Vehicle Tax Vehicle Excise Duty Fuel Benefit Charge Van Benefit Charge Autonomous Car Funding This report brings you relevant fleet highlights from the 2015 Budget, the last before the general election. It includes the latest Benefit In Kind (BIK) tables and Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) as well as an explanation of all the tax changes which are likely to impact your vehicle fleet and your drivers. Overview The Chancellor unveiled a mixed Budget for fleets and company car drivers with savings in some areas and tax increases in others. Topping the list was a three percentage point increase from 2019 for all company car tax bands, including the lowest emitting vehicles. However, the Chancellor continued the freeze on the fuel duty escalator tax which means in September there will not be a rise in petrol or diesel prices due to taxation. Mr Osborne also revealed a raft of tax breaks for the North Sea oil industry which he hoped would also contribute to a continuation of relatively low forecourt fuel prices. As has now become almost automatic, Fuel Benefit Charge and VED will both continue to increase by the Retail Price Index (RPI). There was no new money announced for Britain s roads in addition to the major investment recently announced. However, the Chancellor did reveal that after 2018 the toll to use the Severn River Crossings would be reduced by the level of VAT and that Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) would be charged the same rate as cars. Beyond vehicles and transport, Mr Osborne revealed he would scrap the need for individuals to complete an annual tax return. Instead he offered a connected online system that will automatically update but did not explain how company car taxation calculations would factor in the new system Budget Report

3 Company Car Tax Keeping his commitment to give as much notice of company car tax changes as possible, the Chancellor revealed a three percentage point increase for all types of cars in the 2019/20 tax year. The increase across all BIK bands means that the Government has reversed the decision made last year, to close the three percentage point gap between the bottom two BIK CO 2 bands (0-50g/km and 51-75g/km), and all other bands. The 2015 Budget keeps the gap at three percentage points. The increase is expected to boost Treasury income by 340 million in the 2019/20 tax year, according to the Budget document. The impact of the increase is that from April 2019, the minimum BIK band will be 16% for cars emitting 0-50g/km CO 2. All company cars emitting 165g/km CO 2 and above will sit in the maximum 37% tax band. Also worthy of note is that from April this year, the CO 2 band for zero emission vehicles is rolled into the band above making it a 0-50g/km tax band. This scraps the 0% tax rating for fully electric cars. However, the Chancellor s Budget documentation added: Key point 3% The Government remains committed to reviewing incentives for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles in light of market developments at Budget 2016, to inform decisions on company car tax from onwards. company car tax increase for all types of cars in the 2019/20 tax year. Company Car Benefit-In-Kind Bandings CO 2 emissions 2015/2016 petrol 2016/ / / / For diesel models add three bands, up to a maximum 37% banding until the end of tax year Budget Report

4 Key point No new funding for UK road infrastructure. Roads Crossings The Chancellor did not announce any new funding for the UK road infrastructure in addition to the major investment recently announced. However, he did promise to lower the cost of the Severn River Crossings. The changes will come into effect when the crossings are in public ownership post Mr Osborne said he would remove VAT from the price of the crossings to reduce the toll and also roll the LCV rate into that for cars. This could see the cost of a van crossing drop from today s to less than 6.50 the current cost for a car crossing. Key point Only higher emitting cars will see a rise in road tax. Vehicle Tax For the majority of cars VED will remain unchanged in While the Budget raised VED in line with the RPI, the impact on the real-world figures was minimal due to recently falling RPI which currently sits at 1.1%. As a result, only higher emitting cars will see any rise in road tax. There are no changes in the rates for cars with emissions up to 165g/km CO 2. Cars registered for the first time from April 2015 with emissions above 165g/km, will see rises of between 5 and 10 in the annual charge. Cars registered before April 2015 with a CO 2 figure above 200g/km to see a 5 increase to their annual VED bill. Vehicle Excise Duty VED Band CO 2 (g/km) standard 2015/16 first year A Up to B C D E F G H (+5) I (+5) J (+5) K (+5) 640 (+5) L (+5) 870 (+10) M Over (+5) 1100 (+10) Budget Report

5 Fuel Benefit Charge For any company car drivers still taking free fuel, the benefit charge will again increase in April. The 2015 increase will be 400 which will see the Fuel Benefit Charge (FBC) hit 22,100. From April 2016, the Government plans to increase the FBC in line with Car fuel benefit multiplier the Retail Price Index. The changes to legislation to allow this will be introduced in time for tax codes issued in January The van fuel benefit will also increase this April to 594 and as with cars, will be linked to the RPI from the 6th April Van fuel benefit multiplier Year Amount Year Amount , , Key points Car and van fuel benefit charges increase in April Van Benefit Charge The Van Benefit Charge (VBC) will increase by 60 in the next tax year. However, for 2016, the Government plans to bring in regulations to increase the VBC in line with inflation with effect from the 6th April According to the Budget document the increase will be based on the September 2015 RPI figure. The change will be introduced later in 2015, in time for tax codes issued in January The Chancellor also confirmed that zero emission vans currently rated at a zero charge for the current tax year will have their rating increased over the coming years. Next year the rating will be 20% of the regular VBC, rising to 40% in , 60% in , 80% in and 90% in From , there will be a single van benefit charge applying to all vans. Van benefit charge Year Amount , ,150 Key points 100m in funding to research connected and autonomous cars. Autonomous Car Funding The Government will provide the automotive industry with 100 million in funding to research both connected cars and also autonomous cars, according to the Chancellor. The funding will be matched by the industry itself, according to Mike Hawes, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) chief executive. The 100 million injection will provide a vital boost to the UK automotive industry and put us ahead in the global race to build the cars of the future. It lays the foundations for the UK to become a centre of excellence in intelligent mobility, and underlines the importance of automotive engineering to the UK economy, he added Budget Report

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