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OS 19/04 (KM 2021)
27 May 2021

Kilometre rates for the business use of vehicles for the 2021 income year

The table of rates for the 2020/2021 income year for motor vehicle expenditure claims.

Tax Information Bulletin Vol 33 No 6 - July 2021

In accordance with s DE 12(4) the Commissioner is required to set and publish kilometre rates.  These rates can be used to calculate expenditure claims for the business use of a motor vehicle.  They may also be used by employers as a reasonable estimate for reimbursement of expenditure incurred by employees for the use of a private motor vehicle for business purposes.  More information is available on the Inland Revenue website (search keywords “claiming vehicle expenses”). 

The rates set out below apply for the 2020/2021 income year for business motor vehicle expenditure claims. The tier one rates reflect a decrease in overall vehicle costs largely due to lower fuel costs in response to reduced global demand (Covid-19 pandemic) and reduced interest and maintenance costs.

The table of rates for the 2021 income year:

The Tier Two rate is for running costs only. Use the Tier Two rate for the business portion of any travel over 14,000 kms in a year. 

Vehicle type Tier One rate Tier Two rate
Petrol or diesel 79 cents 27 cents
Petrol hybrid 79 cents 16 cents
Electric 79 cents 9 cents


Operational Statements OS 19/04A: Commissioner's statement on using a kilometre rate for business running of a motor vehicle - deductions and OS 19/04B: Commissioner's statement on using a kilometre rate for employee reimbursement of a motor vehicle provide further information on the use of the kilometre rates.