Road Tax Refunds

How to apply for a refund of your vehicle tax

In order to apply for a refund on your road tax, you will have to be registered with the DVLA as the keeper of the vehicle to which the road tax applies. You will also need to give a reason as to why the vehicle does not need to be taxed.

When should you apply for a refund on vehicle tax?

The reasons accepted by the DVLA for a road tax refund are:

  • The vehicle has been sold or otherwise transferred to another owner
  • The vehicle has been scrapped or exported
  • Someone has stolen the vehicle
  • You are now exempt from paying road tax
  • You have taken the vehicle off the road, as demonstrated by your acquisition of a Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN)

You will need to submit your application before the beginning of the month for which you want to be refunded. In order for your application to be accepted, you need to ensure that your name on the application is a precise match for the name on the vehicle record, as well as clearly stating the reason behind the vehicle no longer needing to be taxed.

If the vehicle’s registration number is being transferred or retained, there is no need to apply for a refund, as the road tax will be handled when that application is dealt with.

How to apply for a refund on your road tax

You can apply for a refund regardless of whether you still possess the vehicle’s tax disc or it has been lost or stolen from you.

If you do have the tax disc, you should fill out a V14 Application for a Refund of Vehicle Tax and then send this form to the DVLA with the tax disc enclosed. If you do not have the tax disc, you will instead need to complete a V33 Application for a Refund of Vehicle Tax When the Tax Disc is Missing. This will allow you to claim a refund without sending off the disc, but if you do find it after submitting the form, you must send it back to the DVLA separately.

What to do if your vehicle has been stolen

If someone has absconded with your motor vehicle, you will have to fill out the V33 paperwork mentioned above, and notify the DVLA of the crime reference number the police provided you with upon reporting the theft of your vehicle. These should be sent off together to the DVLA.

If your vehicle has been stolen, it is recommended to wait a week before attempting to claim a refund on vehicle tax, as many vehicles are recovered within this period of time.

Making a Statutory Off Road Notification to the DVLA

If you are intending to take your vehicle off the road for an extended period of time, you will need to submit a SORN to the DVLA so they know that it will not be in use. You can actually do this at the same time as submitting a refund form to the DVLA – it can be applied for on the V14 document.

If you are applying for a refund for one of the other reasons listed above, you should send off proof of the vehicle being sold or exported, or its ownership being transferred, when you make your V14 application.

When to expect your refund and how much you will get

You can expect to hear from the DVLA within 4 weeks of submitting your application, informing you that the paperwork has gone through. The refund of your road tax should follow shortly.

Your refund will consist of the cost of every subsequent month on your tax disc from the month in which you made the application. For example, if you make your application in January and your road tax expires at the end of March, you will receive a refund for February and March. It is not possible to get your refund backdated.

If you did not send back the tax disc along with the application for whatever reason, you will be hit with a £7 admin fee which will be subtracted from your refund.

The DVLA may take up to 6 weeks to process your refund.

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