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HMRC Withdraws Fuel Duty Exemption

by Amanda Banks, Tax-News.com, London

20 August 2014


HM Revenue and Customs has announced the end of an exemption from fuel duty for the transport of staff members or business clients by corporate jet, helicopter or marine vessel, following the outcome of two cases at the European Court of Justice.

HMRC explained that using such means to transport staff to business meetings or trade fairs, or to provide free trips for business clients, will from now on be treated as private pleasure use, as defined by the Energy Products Directive.

However, the exemption will continue to apply when transport is undertaken in return for payment, or for certain purposes such as aerial photography or in support of the emergency services. International flying also remains exempt.

TAGS: court | Energy | tax | business | marine | employees | United Kingdom | excise duty

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