You can now save thousands of pounds in tax by driving a Tesla company car.

If you have a company car for personal use, you’ll know all about the Benefit in Kind (BiK) tax.

The BiK system ensures that if a company offers you a car in place of payment, you still have to pay tax on the car as an equivalent of income tax.

Let’s say you’re in the 40% income tax bracket. If you’re driving a mid-size diesel saloon with a £35,000 list price, you could be paying around £300 BiK tax a month.

But if your company signs up to the Tesla scheme – aimed at getting more electric cars on the market – you won’t pay any BiK tax at all.

Like all electric cars, Tesla’s zero-fuel-emissions cars enable unfettered access to London clean air zones and exemption from congestion charges (subject to registering the car on-line with Transport for London).

Financial benefits of the Tesla scheme

Plug-in Grant

In order to incentivise companies to choose electric cars, the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) offers a purchase subsidy (the ‘Plug-in Grant) of £3,000 on all vehicles worth under £50,000.

First Year Allowance

By choosing a new electric company car, your company can set the full cost of a car against profits in the year of purchase – known as a 100% First Year Allowance.

In its March 2020 UK Budget, the Government announced that the 100% FYA for businesses purchasing low emission cars will be extended until 31 March 2025.

0% Benefit in Kind rate

During the 2020-21 tax year, all Tesla cars will be eligible for 0% BiK rate. Tesla has published a comparison chart so you can get an idea of how much you would save if your company car was replaced by a Tesla.

If you have your own business or are employed by a company, it’s worth looking into the benefits of a fuel-efficient, tax-efficient car – not to mention choosing a brand that has all sorts of other plus points…

Tesla’s BiK tax rates comparison chart

#Comparison CarPurchase PriceVehicle Excise DutyFirst Registration TaxC02 G/KMBIK % Gross Annual BIK TaxMonthly BIK Tax
1Mercedes C220 2.1D£35,845
£170 £55
11926%
9261 £309
2BMW 520 2.0D
£39,170
£150 £55
11025%
9741
£325
3Mercedes Benz C 43 AMG
£48,795
£1,280
£55
20837%
17560
£585
4BMW 730d
£69,565
£210 £55
14231%
21483
£716
5BMW M5 Competition
£98,100
£1,815
£55
24137%
35605 £1,187
6Land Rover Range Rover Sport SDV6
£68,155
£1,280
£55
19537%
24723 £824
7Mercedes Benz GLC 63 AMG
£77,169
£2,135
£55
27837%
27742
£925

Patrick has been advising on tax for over 35 years, first as a solicitor and latterly as a barrister. This experience has given him expertise in helping businesses negotiate the complexities of HMRC investigations. As a barrister, he represents companies in appeals against HMRC, and can offer advice on conditions and exceptions that could save you money.

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