A confused individual asks how much they can claim back after purchasing a car for £7,000 + VAT and using it for both personal and business purposes. Joanne Thorne, Technical Compliance Manager at SJD Accountancy, advises that claiming tax back on a vehicle is complex and dependent on various factors, specifically whether the individual is a sole trader or a limited company director. Limited companies must pay benefit in kind charges for any personal use of a company car and may be eligible for tax relief over time. For sole traders, they can claim the mileage allowance or some tax relief on the cost of a purchased vehicle. Self-employed individuals should consider leasing as they can claim lease expenses. Additionally, electric cars have lower emissions and benefit in kind costs, and there are government grants available until 2025. Motability car users may also be exempt from tax.
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