People with disabilities missing out on tax break, says charity

A huge number of drivers with disabilities may be missing out on a generous tax break, a charity has warned.

Headway, the brain injury association, reminded the public that if they are in receipt of certain benefits for disability, they may qualify for a partial or complete reduction in the cost of their road tax.

Car tax can range from £0 to more than £1,000 depending on the type of car and its emission levels.

But under little-known tax rules, individuals who receive the standard rate mobility component of Personal Independent Payment (PIP) are entitled to a 50 per cent reduction.

Those on the enhanced rate mobility component of PIP or the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA), however, are entitled to a 100 per cent reduction.

To claim the tax break, disability claimants should send an application to the DVLA.

Please note that only vehicles registered in the applicant’s name and used solely for the disabled person’s needs are eligible.

The report comes shortly after the Government announced that it would extend the ‘Blue Badge’ scheme to those with ‘hidden disabilities’, such as an acquired brain injury.

It means that those with physical or mental disabilities that are not immediately apparent are now able to park closer to local shops and amenities than other drivers.

Commenting on the extended scheme, Minister for Disabled People Justin Tomlinson said: “It’s unacceptable that people with hidden disabilities still face discrimination when using disabled facilities like parking spaces.

“Extending the Blue Badge scheme is a watershed moment in ensuring those with hidden disabilities are able to travel with greater ease and live more independent lives.”

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