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Did anyone spot the car tax Stealth Tax?

Did anyone spot the car tax Stealth Tax?

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When the new car tax rules came in, (no tax disc, cannot transfer car tax to new buyer), I didn't take much notice.  However my brother, who is a partner in his son's used car business, points out that the result is that the Government can receive tax for the same car TWICE in the month of sale.

One can only reclaim whole months on sale so if a car is sold early in a month the seller loses all or most of that month's tax but the buyer has to tax it from the beginning.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
19th Mar 2015 10:38


That has always been the case. The surprise to me is that they didn't do away with it.

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By memyself-eye
19th Mar 2015 10:39

not a problem for me

as my car is tax (VED) is zero....

(both cars actually - one is an historic vehicle :) )

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19th Mar 2015 10:46

That has always been the case...

... but only if the previous disc was surrendered.

If a car was being sold toward the end of the month, it would have been more efficient for the seller to leave the disc on and have the buyer pay for the unused portion. That way, tax was paid only once for the month of sale. Now it has to be pad twice.

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By Stalytax
19th Mar 2015 11:03

I got caught by this in mid February. The car I bought was advertised as taxed but the moment I bought it, that became null and void (technically, I still drove it 'up North' to my home from Kidderminster, figuring the DVLA couldn't know at what time that day I'd bought it). The owner will have then received an automatic refund for any unused tax, but from 1st March only.

After some research, I realised I was going to have to tax it myself for the whole of February again, or risk an automated ticket from a camera somewhere, or getting pulled over as any DVLA check by the police would  show the vehicle as untaxed. The alternative was to not drive it for 2 weeks until March arrived.

I have a classic car as well, but at 'only' 30 years old it has another 10 years until it gets free road tax. That cut off, originally set at 25 years, has moved away in one direction, while my pension date slowly moves in the other.




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By Cloudcounter
19th Mar 2015 22:21


isn't it?  Probably adds about 7p per week to the cost of ownership.

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By Old Greying Accountant
20th Mar 2015 10:05

Driving a sensible car ...

... with a £30 RFL cost can't say it worries me too much.

Back in the day when Adam and I were lads cars were always advertised with long tax as a selling point in private sales.

The bigger issue then is probably that all those who used to buy a cheap banger that had long tax and MOT and then replace it for similar each year can't now do that and will have to spend money maintaining and servicing their vehicle.

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