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Zero emission vans

HMRC has asked for information on employees who drive zero emission company vans and have the right to private use.  The deadline for sending this information is 5 April 2015.

The issue is that from 6 April 2015 a benefit in kind will apply on the private use of these vans.  The rate will increase by year; for 2015/16 the charge will be 20% of the standard van benefit charge.

Just as a reminder, employees do not have to pay tax on the private use of company vans provided that they have the van mainly for business travel and their private use is limited to journeys to and from home with any other private use being insignificant.

If there is private use beyond this, then there will be a van benefit charge.

HMRC wants to make sure the correct amount of benefit charge is in employees’ tax codes for 2015/16.  Therefore they are asking for information on affected employees, namely:

  • Employer name and contact details (telephone number)
  • Employer PAYE reference
  • Employee name
  • Employee National Insurance number.

Please send the information by email to



Date: 3rd February, 2015
Author: Cathy Corns


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