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We are a firm of Chartered Accountants offering accountancy and business consultancy services to owner managed and family owned businesses.

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As part of our core aim of helping local businesses grow and succeed we offer the following planning and growth services amongst many more.

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The current hot topic

VAT on vans

HMRC have issued a list of makes and models of car derived vans and combi vans which VAT registered businesses can use to determine if the VAT paid on the purchase can be reclaimed as input tax.

The issue is that VAT will normally be claimable in full on the purchase of a commercial vehicle.  However if the vehicle purchased is a passenger car VAT is not recoverable unless it is used 'exclusively for the purposes of a business'. Generally cars are therefore VAT 'blocked' and no input VAT is recoverable.

The VAT guidance states

Motor car means any motor vehicle of a kind normally used on public roads which has three or more wheels and either:

a) is constructed or adapted solely or mainly for the carriage of passengers; or

b) has to the rear of the driver's seat roofed accommodation which is fitted with side windows or which is constructed or adapted for the fitting of side windows

Whether or not a vehicle is commercial is not specifically defined but instead the definition of a car excludes:

  • vehicles capable of accommodating only one person or suitable for carrying twelve or more people including the driver
  • vehicles of more than three tonnes unladen weight;
  • caravans, ambulances and prison vans
  • special purpose vehicles such as ice cream vans, mobile shops, hearses, bullion vans and breakdown and recovery vehicles
  • vehicles constructed to carry a payload of one tonne or more.

Many car-derived vans are not cars for VAT purposes as they have no rear seats, have metal side panels to the rear of the front seats and a load area which is highly unsuitable for carrying passengers etc.

HMRC have issued the clarification due to developments in the car-derived van market as some vehicles with a payload of less than one tonne, have 'blurred' the distinction between cars and vans.

If you would like help with this or any other VAT issue please contact us.