How to cancel car tax and get a refund

Author Name – Jack Underwood

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If you are looking at cancelling car tax then there are a number of different ways that this can be done. In this article, we will be letting you know how you can cancel your car tax and also how to get a refund on your car tax. If you are looking to cancel your car tax, you will need to inform the DVLA.

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When to cancel car tax

If you do not fit into the following criteria, then there are no other ways that your car tax can be cancelled. 

  • If your car is exempt from paying vehicle excise duty (car tax)
  • If your vehicle has been scrapped
  • If you have declared your vehicle as SORN
  • If your vehicle has been sold
  • If you have transferred your vehicle to someone else
  • If your vehicle has been exported outside of the United Kingdom
  • If your insurance company has written off your vehicle
  • Your vehicle has been stolen

There are a number of different ways that you can contact the DVLA to cancel your car tax. To find DVLA contact information, where you can contact via phone, webchat, email or post, please click on the button below. Please be aware that this button will take you away from the National Tyres website, and you will be sent to the website.

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Cancelling Tax on your vehicle

After you have informed the DVLA that you would like to cancel your car tax, the DVLA will action this for you immediately. If you pay your tax via direct debit, the direct debit will be automatically cancelled.

How to get a car tax refund?

After you have cancelled your tax, you will receive a refund for any full months of remaining tax. You will receive your car tax refund via cheque, which can then be cashed in at a bank local to you. Please note that the cheque will be sent to the name and the address which is on the vehicle log book. If your cheque is in the wrong name after you have received it, you will need to let the DVLA know of the correct name and return the cheque to the following address: Refund Section, DVLA, Swansea, SA99 1AL.

It is also important to be aware that you will not receive a refund for any additional credit card fees or any direct debit surcharges.

Where is my car tax refund?

You should receive your car tax refund within 8 weeks of informing the DVLA. If you have not received your car tax refund after 8 weeks, you are advised to contact the DVLA.

If you are looking for more useful information related to car tax, then the following links may be able to help: How to check a car is taxed, car tax calculator, car tax bands and how to change car tax

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