To make accounting for private use of fuel simpler, you can choose to apply the VAT fuel scale charge. This scale charge adds back a fixed sum each VAT period to account for the private use of fuel, making redundant any need to split the mileage between business and private use.
The scale charge for any given vehicle is based upon its CO2 emissions. HMRC update the scale charge table every May, and this years can be found here.
Scale charges only apply to those cars where there is allowed private usage, and when you start using the scale charge, you must use it on all your company’s cars for which there is private use.
Those using the scale charges, should be sure to keep a record of:
- Number of cars which it is applied to
- CO2 band of each car (or cylinder capacity if the car is too old for an emissions figure)
- Details of when cars have been bought and/or sold.
Please note: This article is a commentary on general principles and should not be interpreted as advice for your specific situation.