Updated VAT road fuel scale charges from 1st May 2024

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From 1st May 2024, the VAT road fuel scale charges will change. The new rates will need to be used from the start of the next VAT accounting period that begins on or after 1st May. So, if your next VAT quarter starts on 1st June, you will begin using the new rates from that point.

What are VAT Road Fuel Scale charges?

VAT road fuel scale charges provide a simplified method for calculating and accounting for VAT for VAT registered businesses that pay for road fuel that’s used both for business and private purposes. 

Instead of tracking each fuel purchase individually, businesses apply fixed charges based on the type of vehicle and its CO2 emissions. The fixed charges are effectively an estimate of the VAT on private use.

If your business only pays for fuel that is used for business purposes, or simply reimburses business mileage to employees, there’s no need to use the VAT Road Fuel Scale charges.

What other information might you need?

The vehicle logbook or UK approval certificate should show the vehicle’s CO2 emissions figure. However, the online tool here can also be used to check this figure.

If the car is too old to have a CO2 emissions figure, then the CO2 band needs to be identified based on the engine size.

The new scale charges together with details on how to calculate the charge for a vehicle can be found on HMRC’s website. If you need any help with calculating the rate or you’re unsure whether you need to use these charges on your VAT Return, please get in touch and we’ll help.

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