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HMRC Keep Latest Mileage Rates (AFR) a Mystery

HMRC Keep Latest Mileage Rates (AFR) a Mystery

Advisory Fuel Rates December 1st 2014

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) have managed to keep the new AFR’s (Advisory Fuel Rate) a secret from all the regular claimants who submit their mileage on a regular basis.

Normally HMRC will update the AFR rate every 3 months, with the last update being made on 1st September 2014 and the next rates due on 1st December 2014. Normally the rates are releases with some fanfare and the fleet press will inform their readers of the changes. This time however the changes seemed to be a mystery. We had been waiting and searching for the latest advice and guidance, but nothing came.

The normal site for this announcement is http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/cars/advisory_fuel_current.htm but see the screen shot from 1st December still showing the rates from September.

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This time it appears there is a new web site for announcing the changes. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/advisory-fuel-rates/current-rates One we have not seen before and one that cannot be found easily by a google search

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HMRC seem to be unaware

I decided to call HMRC about this and spoke to a very nice lady who told me that their web site was correct and the government website was incorrect. She informed me that the link they use internally shows the rates unchanged for December. I actually decided to leave my contact details and about 10 minutes later received a call from HMRC to say that their web site was actually out of date and the government web site was correct.

So here they are for those of you who are confused the new HMRC AFR rates

New rates in bold, previous rates in brackets.

Petrol1400cc or less 13p (14p)
1401cc to 2000cc 16p (16p)
Over 2000cc 23p (24p)
LPG1400cc or less 9p (9p)
1401cc to 2000cc 11p (11p)
Over 2000cc 16p (16p)
Diesel1600cc or less 11p (11p)
1601cc to 2000cc 13p (13p)
Over 2000cc 16p (17p)

In the future the announcements for AFR will all be via the .gov web site and the https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/advisory-fuel-rates/current-rates  is the one to use going forward.

Why this recent change concerns me…

  1. HMRC contradicted this when i called. They actually told me to ignore the .gov website.  They did call me back later to tell me the opposite though, after i insisted they double check.
  2. They were using a different web site for their own internal purposes with the old rates. They categorically assured me this was correct.
  3. Many larger businesses have been informed but not the smaller one.
  4. Using the wrong rate could create compliance issues.
  5. When you Google the AFR rates December 2014 the correct site (.gov) comes nowhere on the first couple of pages. (update 02/12/2004 it now appears on page 1)
  6. This page is number one on Google http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/cars/advisory_fuel_current.htm
  7. Why does the old HMRC web site not have a message and a redirect
  8. Many smaller businesses are blissfully unaware and will be using the incorrect rates.
  9. There is no doubt that some people are in the know and are aware of the changes, so why not make it public knowledge.  There are probably more than a million who use the rate.
  10. On the old HMRC website it says “These rates apply to all journeys on or after 1 September 2014 until further notice” this could be very confusing to anyone who has a quick look until the rates have been changed

If you are a customer of Fleet Innovations or one of our partners, you have no need to worry as the rates have all been updated and are correct.

 

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Alex Baker
"The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him... The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself... All progress depends on the unreasonable man."

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