HMRC U-turn on plans to tax double-cab pickups as cars

Insight /  20 February 2024

Which is fastest – a turning circle of a double-cab pickup or HMRC making a U-turn on its guidance?

HMRC confirmed yesterday (19th February 2024) that the guidance it issued on the taxation of double-cab pickups has now been scrapped, just a week after the plans were announced.

The proposal to change the tax definition of a double-cab pickup as being a car (rather than a van) has now been changed so that the previous guidance remains in place. The previous guidance was that the vehicle would be classed as a van, provided it had a “pay load” (the weight of the goods it was designed to carry) of one tonne and had not been significantly altered to affect the payload.

The announcement from HMRC has suggested that legislation will follow at some point in the near future to put the matter beyond doubt.

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