One of life’s little pleasures is the ownership of a motor vehicle, unfortunately, a by-product of this is the payment of taxes for the right to own such a luxury. Taxes are not a bad thing, after all, it is these taxes that maintain the infrastructures like roads and motorways so that we can enjoy our much loved investments.
Then there is the environmental responsibilities that we all must be contributors to, such as the tax on the carbon emissions that your car is responsible for. Most of us will pay these taxes for either a 12 or 6 month period, but what if something happens where we no longer need to participate in the funding of these taxes?
The problem that some face is that they pay their taxes well in advance, even if they only need 1 or 2 months. There could be many reasons for this, their vehicle may have been sold, therefore transferred into another person’s name, the car may be in need of restoration, so the owner has decided to take it off the road for a period, this of course requires registration with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN). The vehicle may have been involved in an accident and written off or just scrapped. Or, the worst case scenario, your treasured vehicle has been stolen. There are even instances where the vehicle is to be exported to other shores, or in some cases, exempt from the taxes altogether.
Should you find yourself in any of these situations then be rest assured, there is a way of getting the money you have paid in tax, refunded. This article has been written to give you a complete and easy-to-follow guide on how to claim you DVLA car tax refund. The steps are quite simple, so read on and enjoy how the relief that a refund of your hard-earned-money can feel.
Be aware that these refunds will be given for full month periods only. A good example of this is if you have paid for a 6 month period, and you only require 1.5 months, your refund is going to be for the remaining 4 months, not 4.5. This is a bit annoying, but it’s better than no refund at all.
Now here is the technical stuff. The following list is the official list on the official gov.uk website. These are the ONLY situations where claims will be accepted and processed.
• If you sell your car or transfer it to a new owner
• The vehicle has been exported from the UK
• Your insurance company has ‘written off’ the vehicle
• The vehicle has been scrapped at a scrapyard
• The vehicle has been stolen
• The vehicle has been registered as exempt from vehicle tax
• Your vehicle has been registered with a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)
They state on their website quite clearly that there are no other circumstances that you can cancel the tax on your vehicle, or claim the available refund on any remain period.
Now the good news. If one of these categories fits your situation, then you can go ahead with your claim. Firstly you must inform the DVLA of the circumstance this fits you. You can call the DVLA regarding vehicle tax enquiries on 0300 790 6802. Phone line opening hours are Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm Saturday, 8am to 2pm. Once contacted, the DVLA will cancel the tax coverage and any outstanding direct debts that you may have put in place to make payments of your taxes.
Important: Allow 6 weeks for processing and delivery, should 6 weeks pass, then contact the DVLA.
Once the process has been approved and finalised, you will receive a cheque in the post. This cheque will only be addressed to the person whose name is on the vehicle’s logbook. As stated before, the amount of the refund will be calculated according to the amount of time you have left on the tax period paid, and rounded off to the whole months remaining.
Important: Keep in mind that you will not receive a refund on any surcharges incurred by the use of credit cards for paying any taxes.
Contact details for the DVLA are below:
Telephone enquiries regarding tax refunds:
Call 0300 790 6802
The operating hours are from:
Monday to Friday, 8am to 7pm
Saturday, 8am to 2pm.
There is no service on Sunday’s or Bank Holidays.
Important: There are some call charges involved with contacting the DVLA, so be sure to visit their website before making any calls to them. www.gov.uk/call-charges
Unfortunately, you cannot email the DVLA directly, you must enquire via their website. The process is quite straight forward and manageable. Follow the prompts to get to the section that suits your enquiry, then simply submit an email enquiry to www.gov.uk/vehicle-tax
Posting your enquiry is also an option, but make sure that all of the details regarding your enquiry are clearly stated in your letter.
Vehicle Customer Service.
So, there you have it, your tax refund is a simple process and easy to execute. Follow the steps, and you will be on your way to a hassle-free refund of the money that you are entitled to.