What is HMRC's official rate of interest? What does it apply to? What were the past rates? 

This is a freeview 'At a glance' guide to HMRC's Official Rate of Interest (ORI).  

HMRC's ORI is used to calculate the taxable value of:

The rate is set by Treasury Order and normally fixed in advance for a whole tax year, although it can be varied mid-year when there is a significant change in interest rates. HMRC's policy states that the position is reviewed during a tax year if interest rates fall significantly, to ensure that employees are not overtaxed on benefits. 

  • The ORI is increased to 2.25% from 6 April 2023. 

Actual and average rates:

Year 

 Rate

%

 2024-25 2.25
 2023-24 2.25
 2022-23 2.00
 2021-22 2.00
 2020-21  2.25
 2017-18 to 2019-20 2.50
 2015-16 to 2016-17 3.00
 2014-15 3.25
 2010-11 to 2013-14 4.00
 2009-10 4.75

 

Useful guides on this topic

Loans: Employment-related
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Directors' loan accounts: Toolkit
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Close company loans toolkit (loans to participators)
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Payrolling of benefits
The value of certain taxable benefits in kind can be included in taxable pay when calculating the PAYE deducted from payments of wages and salaries to employees.

External links

The Taxes (Interest Rate) (Amendment) Regulations 2023

Beneficial loan arrangements: HMRC official rates

Employment Income Manual: EIM26104 The benefits code: beneficial loans: amount of the official rate


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