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Electric Car Tax Service launched by Alexander Knight & Co Accountants

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We are really proud to launch a new service for our clients as we continue to innovate in the accountancy marketplace.

Rising demand for electric cars amongst our business owner client base – coupled with new tax breaks means we have launched the UK’s first dedicated electric car tax accountancy service.

Our new electric car service is perfectly timed as increasing numbers of our clients enjoy the generous tax breaks offered to company owners who use electric vehicles on the road.

From 6 April 2020 company car owners will pay zero benefit-in-kind on certain fully-electric vehicles, compared to as much as 37 percent on vehicles with high CO2 emissions.

Electric Car Tax Savings

As a result of this premium electric vehicles could save business owners £1000s – compared to traditional vehicles – as the new regime kicks in.

The launch of new luxury models such as the Mercedes-Benz EQC, Audi E-Tron, together with Porsche and Range Rover hybrid vehicles follow the success of the Tesla Model 3 which is already considered to be a cult company car for British sales executives

Company cars have been deeply unfashionable for more than a decade now. In that time, most business owners have understood that they were better off buying a car personally and then claiming the associated expenses.

Electric cars are a game changer for the humble company car. The new tax breaks laid out by the Government have reversed this trend and we predict there will be an upward swing in demand for electric vehicles, not least from business owners but also socially responsible fleet managers in the business world.

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Murray Patt of Alexander Knight & Co charges up his own electric car.

Huge tax savings

One client of ours saw more than £10,000 knocked off his tax bill because he plumped for the Range Rover hybrid model over the diesel version.

With these tax breaks about to kick in, more e-charging points being installed across the country, improvements to the range of electric engines and a steady fall in the price we are predicting a renaissance of the company car.

Consideration needs to be given to purchasing a hybrid model. Although they still offer a great tax break under this new rule, it’s not zero percent as with fully-electric vehicles. Another issue to think about is that hybrids now feature in the Government’s hit list for cars that will be banned from 2035 – we’d really advise going for that pure electric model.

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If you are a business owner and you want to get a tax-free electric car – speak to us first and we will help you. Call us on 0161 980 8788 or email cars@alexanderknightaccountants.co.uk  

Time to ‘e-think’ the company car?

Company cars have been deeply unfashionable for more than a decade now. In that time, the vast majority of company directors and employees understand that they are better off buying a car personally and then claiming the associated expenses.

Concern for the environment was the reason why a more punitive tax regime was placed on the owners of company cars in the first place. Tax was tethered to the value of the car and the level of CO2 emissions belched out.

However, could the downward trend be reversed? 

The introduction of electric powered cars has reignited the debate on what the levels of company car taxes should be.

Now, the Government says that company car drivers choosing a pure electric vehicle will pay no benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax in 2020/21.

It has created two new BIK tables for company car drivers; a table for those driving a company car registered after April 6, 2020, and one for those driving a company car registered before April 6, 2020. Speak to Murray if you want to see either table.

In a nutshell, what it means for motorists is that pure electric cars offer outstanding tax advantages.

Hybrids, which are currently more popular and accessible at this point in time, also make sense as a company car. Those with a 40-mile range will have a very low 8% tax rate. Company cars with CO2 emmisions below 75gkm are a good choice as a company motor compared to the alternative diesel/petrol models.

One client recently saw more than £10,000 knocked off his tax bill because he plumped for the Range Rover Hybrid model over the petrol version.

Renaissance

Our prediction is that there will be an upward swing in demand for electric vehicles, not least from socially responsible fleet managers in the business world, but also for business owners driving cars at the luxury end of the market. These new tax advantages will see a rise in the number of company cars on the road.

With more e-charging points being installed across the country, improvements to the range of electric engines and a steady fall in the price we are sure to see a renaissance of the company car – one that might be more suitable for you than your current arrangements.

For a review of your company car tax status or that of your existing fleet for your business call Murray Patt on (0161) 980 8788.