The federal government has introduced a significant change to the taxation for double cab pick-up vehicles that can see them classed as automobiles from July.
Double-cab pick-ups have grown considerably in recognition in recent times as their dual-purpose attributes have meant they’re appropriate for being a working car in addition to for private use. Many have additionally chosen them for the tax breaks they provide, as any double cab that had a payload of greater than a tonne was thought of a van, and subsequently attracted far cheaper firm automotive tax.
Nonetheless, HM Income and Customs (HMRC) quietly introduced yesterday (February 12) in a notice that this may change from July 1, 2024, saying that it’ll ‘now not interpret the laws that defines automotive and van for tax functions consistent with the definitions used for VAT functions’.
HMRC says it should now assess the classification of every car of this kind on a person degree, however says that from July 2024 ‘most if not all double cab pick-ups can be categorised as automobiles when calculating the profit change’. HMRC says it’s because these autos are ‘equally suited’ to each transporting items and in addition passengers.
Firm car tax relies on profit in type (BIK), which on automobiles is a share based mostly on their CO2 emissions that takes into consideration a car’s record worth. It favours electrical and hybrid automobiles, which emit decrease CO2.
Nonetheless, at the moment, pick-up vehicles are charged at a flat charge which is £3,960 for the 2023/2024 tax 12 months. For a 20 per cent taxpayer, van BIK is £792 per 12 months, or £66 a month. For 40 per cent taxpayers, it’s £1,584 per 12 months, or £132 a month.
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However underneath these modifications, pick-ups will turn out to be considerably costlier for firm automotive tax, as a result of it should now be calculated based mostly on their typically-high CO2 emissions. A Ford Ranger – the UK’s hottest pick-up, and the fourth best-selling ‘van’ within the UK final 12 months – has CO2 emissions of greater than 200g/km, placing it within the highest BIK tax bracket of 37 per cent.
In accordance with Skilled Pickup, from July 2024 a driver utilizing a Ford Ranger Wildtrak 2.0 as an organization automotive will face a tax invoice of £290 a month, or £580 a month for the next charge taxpayer. It means a driver may find yourself spending £5,376 extra on firm automotive tax per 12 months underneath these new guidelines, making a double cab pick-up uneconomical to run, and more likely to trigger demand for these autos to fall.
Any new double cab pick-ups ordered or leased till June 30, 2024, will nonetheless qualify for the present decrease tax charges, even when they aren’t registered by July. Single-cab pick-ups are unaffected by these modifications.