The HMRC has outlined a change in the October 2023 Employer Bulletin in relation to electric vehicles being charged at home with reimbursement claims.
The bulletin confirms that HMRC has published amended guidance under EIM23900 about a change in interpretation regarding home charging of electric company cars.
Section 239 ITEPA 2003 provides an exemption on payments and benefits in connection with company cars and vans . This legislative provision exempted aspects such as vehicle repairs, insurance, and road tax.
HMRC had previously maintained that the reimbursement of costs in relation to charging a company car or van at a residential property was not part of this exemption.
Following a review, HMRC now accepts reimbursing part of a domestic energy bill, which is used to charge a company car or van, will fall within the exemption provided by section 239 ITEPA 2003.
This means that no separate charge to tax under the benefits code will arise where an employer reimburses the employee for the cost of electricity to charge their company car or van at home. The exemption will however only apply providing it can be demonstrated that the electricity was used to charge the company car or van.
Employers will need to make sure that any reimbursement made towards the cost of electricity relates solely to the charging of their company car or van.