Car fleet operators’ association ACFO used its annual conference earlier this month to call for a longer notification period for changes to company car BIK tax.

The call came during a Q&A session during the association’s annual conference and AGM, held at the National Motor Museum in Gaydon.

Q&A panelist Mark Norman of RV expert Cap suggested that more notification would be helpful for fleet operators. “I think the whole industry should be pushing to get a five-year notification,” Norman told a full house of more than 150 delegates. “People are making decisions now that would effect their future.”

The Government has historically given three-year notice periods, and in the spring Budget the coalition confirmed the figures that will come into play from April 2013.

“Many employees have their company cars replaced on a four-year cycle so they remain in the dark as to what their benefit-in-kind tax burden will be in the fourth year,” said ACFO chairman Julie Jenner. “For example, an employee choosing their company car today and expecting not to replace it until 2014-15 will have no clarity as to what their future tax bill will be.”

ACFO will be taking the issue up with Government. “We had success with calling for three years advanced notification and with some fleets adopting longer vehicle replacement cycles, we will push for five years in our talks with Government officials,” Jenner said.

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