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Company car tax bands

Company car tax rates changed on 6 April 2020. Read our guide to find out how much you'll pay...

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Running a low or zero-emissions car was made significantly more desirable for company car drivers last year, with the introduction of zero or very low company car tax rates for the greenest models. The car tax rates applicable under the benefit-in-kind (BIK) tax system were lowered for three years, while those for higher-emissions cars were raised. 

The BIK rate for new cars that don’t produce any CO2 – in other words, all fully electric cars – dropped from 16% to zero. On an electric Renault Zoe small hatchback, that equates to a £1023 saving in BIK tax for someone in the 20% tax bracket and £2046 for a 40% taxpayer.

The 2020-2021 rates for new plug-in hybrids with emissions ranging from 1-50g/km came down to between three and 13%, depending on their CO2 output and electric-only driving range. So, a BMW 330e with a CO2 output of 32g/km (WLTP) and a 35-mile electric range now qualifies for a rate of 10%, equating to a saving of £479 if you’re in the 20% tax bracket, or £958 for a 40% taxpayer. 

In theory, plug-in hybrids can qualify for the 0% rate too, if they have an electric-only range of more than 130 miles. However, none is close to achieving that yet.

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The 0% rate for 2020-2021 also applies to zero-emissions cars registered before 6 April. And cars in the 1-50g/km emissions bracket registered before 6 April also qualify for a reduced rate of between two and 14%, again depending on pure electric driving range. 

For the upcoming 2021-2022 financial year, the rate for zero-emissions cars will rise to 1%, then to 2% the following year. The rates for cars with emissions of 1-50g/km will remain the same for the next three years. 

The 4% surcharge on diesels – introduced in 2018 amid growing concern over the particulates and NOx that they emit – still applies for the 2020-2021 financial year. The supplement is for diesels that don’t meet the latest Real Driving Emissions (RDE2) standards, although diesel plug-in hybrids are exempt because they’re classed as alternative-fuel vehicles. 

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Although the BIK tax bands for higher-emissions cars are between 1% and 6% lower than before, any reductions are offset by the fact that the rates applicable from 6 April 2020 are based on the higher CO2 figures produced in the latest WLTP test procedure, rather than the less realistic NEDC figures that were previously used. 

As a result, the official CO2 figures for more than half of all new cars are expected to rise by 10% to 20%, even though the cars’ emissions won’t actually be any different from their current levels. The knock-on effect of this is that they have moved up a number of tax bands – one or two in the case of some hybrids but several in many other cases, so the rates have gone up.

For example, the Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI, which emitted 103g/km under the old test procedure, now has a CO2 figure of 135g/km. This means its BIK rate rose from 28% to 34% (including the four percent diesel surcharge), so it will cost a lower-rate taxpayer £345 per year more. 


Company car tax bands from 6 April 2020 

Cars registered after 6 April 2020

CO2 emissions g/km... Electric range...  2020-21... 2021-22... 2022-23...
0 n/a 0 1 2
1-50 >130 miles 0 1 2
1-50 70-129 miles 3 4 5
1-50 40-69 miles 6 7 8
1-50 30-39 miles 10 11 12
1-50 <30 miles 12 13 14
51-54   13 14 15
55-59   14 15 16
60-64   15 16 17
65-69   16 17 18
70-74   17 18 19
75-79   18 18 20
80-84   19 20 21
85-89   20 21 22
90-94   21 22 23
95-99   22 23 24
100-104   23 24 25
105-109   24 25 26
110-114   25 26 27
115-119   26 27 28
120-124   27 28 29
125-129   28 29 30
130-134   29 30 31
135-139   30 31 32
140-144   31 32 33
145-149   32 33 34
150-154   33 34 35
155-159   34 35 36
160-164   35 36 37
165-169   36 37 37
170 or more   37 37 37

Cars registered before 6 April 2020

CO2 emissions g/km... Electric range... 2020-21...  2021-22...   2022-23...
0 n/a 0 1 2
1-50 >130 miles 2 2 2
1-50 70-129 miles 5 5 5
1-50 40-69 miles 8 8 8
1-50 30-39 miles 12 12 12
1-50 <30 miles 14 14 14
51-54   15 15 15
55-59   16 16 16
60-64   17 17 17
65-69   18 18 18
70-74   19 19 19
75-79   20 20 20
80-84   21 21 21
85-89   22 22 22
90-94   23 23 23
95-99   24 24 24
100-104   25 25 25
105-109   26 26 26
110-114   27 27 27
115-119   28 28 28
120-124   29 29 29
125-129   30 30 30
130-134   31 31 31
135-139   32 32 32
140-144   33 33 33
145-149   34 34 34
150-154   35 35 35
155-159   36 36 36
160 or more   37 37 37

The big winners 

We’ve looked at how much company car drivers can save on two award-winning zero or low-emissions cars, the BMW 330e plug-in hybrid and Tesla Model 3, assuming they were first registered after 6 April 2020.

We've also looked at the cost of two new low-emission models that took gongs in our 2021 Car of the Year Awards: the BMW iX3 electric SUV and the Volkswagen ID.3 electric hatchback. Prices are for a 20% taxpayer.

BMW 3 Series 330e driving

BMW 330e M Sport (M Sport Pro Pack)

CO2 32g/km (WLTP) Electric driving range 35 miles 

P11D price £45,895

BIK tax 2019-2020 

Rate 16% Cost £1469

BIK tax 2020-2021 

Rate 10% Cost £918

Saving £551

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Tesla Model 3 front three quarters

Tesla Model 3 Standard Range Plus

CO2 0g/km Electric driving range 267 miles 

P11D price £43,435

BIK tax 2019-2020 

Rate 16% Cost £1390

BIK tax 2020-2021 

Rate 0% Cost £0

Saving £1390

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BMW iX3 front

BMW iX3 Premier Edition

CO2 0g/km (WLTP) Electric driving range 279 miles 

P11D price £61,845

BIK tax 2020-2021 

Rate 0% Cost £0

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Volkswagen ID.3 front cornering

Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance Life

CO2 0g/km Electric driving range 263 miles 

P11D price £32,935

BIK tax 2020-2021 

Rate 0% Cost £0

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