Free use of an Audi A6? Not quite as don’t forget the tax on the benefit.

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I met up with a good friend of mine the other evening. He was rather excited as he was in the process of choosing a new company car. As part of his remuneration package he’s lucky enough to be given a company car and this car gets replaced every 3 years.

He’ll shortly be provided with the use of an Audi A6 TDI SE company car. He’s obviously done his homework though as when another friend who was with us said that it must be nice to be given the free use of a car he rightly pointed out that there is a tax benefit in kind on the car and had worked out that the benefit for the tax year 2009/10 was £9,506.

His top rate of tax is 40% so the actual tax he will be paying for the use of the car will be £3,802 or £317 per month. He was right therefore in pointing out that although the car was provided for his use free of charge by his employer he would be paying something for it in terms of tax.

For any F6 (UK) or P6(UK) students out there who want to check his calculations then the list price of the car is £36,560 and the CO2 emissions are 179g/km (and don’t forget the 3% extra seeing as it was a diesel!)

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