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What is a road fuel scale charge?

If you use a motor car in your business and claim back VAT on the road fuel then you must consider whether to pay scale charges or not. These charges are to cover any private element of the fuel bought e.g. getting to and from work in the vehicle is considered to be private and not business. By paying the scale charge you can recover ALL of the VAT on the road fuel both business and private. You do have the option not to pay the scale charge, but if you do so then you cannot recover the VAT on fuel on ANY vehicles used by your business. A charge is applied to each vehicle owned by the business.

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