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    hiya,

    Just wondering if anyone knows of any personal fuel cards? I am a full time employee (not self employed etc) and do about 30k a year. Just wondering if I can get like a pre-paid fuel card or something to make managing money a bit easier.

    Basically at the moment I pay for fuel personally and claim it back off my employer but it means I'm out of pocket until I get it back.

    Thanks.

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    just a thought but why not ask your employer to get you a fuel card? it's a bit unfair to ask you to shell out all that money on fuel and have to wait to get it back, i'm sure they won't mind given the current climate....

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    or one of them prepaid visa cards.........see em in the paper for poor ppl who can`t have a proper credit card............get ya boss to put some money on it........he`ll be able to check statements match ya receipts

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    Quote Originally Posted by knoxvillain View Post
    Just wondering if anyone knows of any personal fuel cards? I am a full time employee (not self employed etc) and do about 30k a year. Just wondering if I can get like a pre-paid fuel card or something to make managing money a bit easier
    Tesco and Morrisons both do a fuel card
    However, you MUST pay the balance on the statement

    Most other fuel cards now require the business to be VAT registered or a sole trader with at least 3 years records

    The alternative is to keep one credit card specifically for fuel purposes
    Equally, retaining all vehicle receipts (see below)
    Employers require VAT receipts, but you also require this if you want to claim FPCS

    As an employee using your own car for your employers business purposes I assume you are paid :
    a fixed monthly payment for the car
    a fixed mileage rate
    upgraded your insurance to include Class 1 or 2 business use (as appropriate)

    If this is the case, then I assume you are claiming FPCS from the Inland Revenue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Tesco and Morrisons both do a fuel card
    However, you MUST pay the balance on the statement

    As an employee using your own car for your employers business purposes I assume you are paid :
    a fixed monthly payment for the car
    a fixed mileage rate
    upgraded your insurance to include Class 1 or 2 business use (as appropriate)

    If this is the case, then I assume you are claiming FCPS from the Inland Revenue?
    As somone who uses their car every now and again for work purposes (travelling to training and meetings or 'exercises' up north) would i need to know about this FCPS ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diet1985 View Post
    As somone who uses their car every now and again for work purposes (travelling to training and meetings or 'exercises' up north) would i need to know about this FPCS ????
    You are using your own car for yours employers business purposes
    To qualify you need to be driving to/from a different location (ie not commuting)
    You then claim the difference between the FPCS rates and what the employer has been paid, for tax relief (about 10% of the cost)
    For a driver doing 30K miles a year this is about £1000 a year

    Alternatively, if you submit Tax Returns regularly with FPCS your tax code can be adjusted so that you pay less tax as you go along rather than getting the refund at the end of the year
    I've just had mine for 2008/09 and calculated mine to within £40 (actual £917)

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    IMO

    It would be in your employers interest to get you a fuel card, I assume you are not the only person claiming fuel costs?

    I work for a carrier company and we had Red Diesel cards, esso cards, keyfuels and routemate cards.

    These are all useable in most filling stations and because they are bulk companies you do not pay the pump price but get a discount (think we are paying abouy 90-95p a litre). The card can be registration stamped and you tell the cashier your mileage so your boss can check up on you.

    Failing that, one of those 'pre-paid' visa card things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobW View Post
    It would be in your employers interest to get you a fuel card, I assume you are not the only person claiming fuel costs?
    Employers issuing fuel cards to employees for their own private vehicles are very rare
    The usual route is to option the employee; company car with benefits, or their own under the FPCS
    Different with business type vehicles (vans, etc), couriers, owner-operators, and so on

    The advantage of FPCS is you can use your own vehicle, and in the event of termination of employment retain it for your next employment
    The disadvantage is you are personally responsible for all costs
    It is also known that some employers penalise at a daily rate for failure to work due to vehicle failure

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRimonkey View Post
    or one of them prepaid visa cards.........see em in the paper for poor ppl who can`t have a proper credit card............
    Its not only for poor people mate, i got my daughter one she is 12 , and i top it up weekly for her, saves her carrying cash about when she is up shopping, if she loses her purse, then card cancelled, and no cash lost

    simplzzzz

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    Quote Originally Posted by spennny View Post
    Its not only for poor people mate, i got my daughter one she is 12 , and i top it up weekly for her, saves her carrying cash about when she is up shopping, if she loses her purse, then card cancelled, and no cash lost

    simplzzzz

    lol oh yeah never thought of it like that............but they are aimed at poor ppl when ya read the ad in ppr

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