With so many other taxes on our minds, who the heck cares about green tax? Well, we’ll tell you who does… tax-efficient people!
You may have paid your Income, capital gains and any other relevant taxes, but there’s something else that you should be paying attention to… green tax! Want to know more? Great, ‘cause we’re here to tell you it all.
What is green tax, you ask? Well, it shouldn’t take too many guesses to realise that the clue’s in the colour 🧐
Green – the colour of all things good and healthy? Kale, matcha, and the Incredible Hulk?
But there’s more to these taxes than colour connotations! Green taxes, a.k.a environmental taxes, encourage businesses to operate in an environmentally friendly way.
Green taxes are applied to activities such as:
As well as promoting environmentally friendly behaviour, the revenue raised from these taxes is said to be spent on environmental protection 💸
If you haven’t paid it before, then you probably haven’t a scoobie what this means and why would you? Don’t worry, we’ll fill you in!
You’ll pay CCL at the main rate if your business is in one of these sectors:
You’ll pay CCL on things such as:
You won’t have to pay the main rate if:
Some good news, we think? 😬
Certain fuels are also exempt from the CCL main rates. And by entering a climate change agreement, energy-intensive businesses can receive tax reductions 🙌
CPS rates encourage the use of low-carbon technology for producing electricity 🔌
CPS rates are paid by owners of electricity generating stations and operators of combined heat and power (CHP) stations. You’ll pay CPS rates for:
You guessed it! We’re talking about green tax relief. Yep, the thing that helps you to ace tax efficiency!
So, what can you do to make your company’s tax bill greener? Well, quite a bit!
For starters, you can reduce the amount of green tax you pay by claiming capital allowances when you buy energy-efficient or low or zero-carbon technology for your business. Double-win! ✨
Capital allowances can be used to claim tax relief on things purchased for business use e.g. equipment and vehicle costs.
Here are some more things you can do:
With all this talk about tax efficiency, let’s not forget about eco-efficiency! ♻️
To be eco-efficient, businesses need to lower their impact on the environment by carefully choosing:
And that’s all, folks! Tax efficiency is your new best friend and eco-efficiency could be too! Two birds, one stone…
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