Private use of employer-provided vans


If you supply your employee with an employer-provided van for private use, this is a Benefit in Kind (BIK). Your employee must pay Income Tax, Pay Related Social Insurance (PRSI) and Universal Social Charge (USC) on this benefit.

This is calculated by using the cash equivalent of the employer-provided van.


For the purposes of this section of the website, an ‘employer-provided van’ refers to all vans provided to employees from their employer.

A van is a vehicle which:

  • is made solely or mainly for the transport of goods
  • has a roofed area behind the driver’s seat
  • and
  • has no side windows or seating fitted in the roofed area.

If a vehicle does not meet all the criteria above the vehicle may be a car for tax purposes. See Private use of employer-provided vehicles for further information.

This section is only applicable where ownership of the van does not transfer to the employee. If you transfer the van to your employee, general BIK rules shall apply. For more information see the Valuation of benefits section.

If you pay an allowance to an employee to allow them to purchase a van, this will be taxable salary and this section shall not apply.

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