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Fuel Refunds Made Easy

Fuel Refunds Made Easy

Can you claim a fuel refund? Worse than leaving your bowser tap leaking!

Need the oil on claiming petrol tax refunds? Catalyst Fuel Refunds can help.

If you buy and use petrol for your business you may be eligible for an excise duty refund of $0.61 cents/litre for the last two years and ongoing. That’s where we come in, to make fuel refunds easy.

Depending on usage, this can easily add up to $2000 cash in the hand – or more – just for your first two-year claim.

Many of our clients tell us they didn’t realise they were eligible to make a claim in the first place and even if they are eligible, they often forget to submit an application.

Our clients have told us the current manual process is too complex and not worth the effort. Our easy to use, no fuss system does all the hard work for you, helping you maximise the returns to your business.

If the internet is not for you, our freephone call centre is manned by helpful, practical Kiwis you can understand, who will guide you through the process quickly and hassle free.

Register for free once and that’s it – you don’t have to keep filling out forms every quarter or for the previous eight.

It’s that easy.

Catalyst Fuel Refunds was started by two young Kiwi blokes, Jared Maloney and Nick Sowman.

Both from Hawke’s Bay and with agricultural business backgrounds, they saw an opportunity to help make claiming fuel refunds simpler and faster after listening to family and friends complain about the complex process.

“We exist to make it easy and fast for eligible businesses to claim back their petrol fuel excise that is used in a business and not on the road,” Maloney says.

“Catalyst acts as an agent on behalf of all clients – to ensure that they get back up to $0.61 a litre of the hard earned money they have already paid in fuel taxes over the last two years and ongoing.”

Businesses that may be eligible include those using ATVs, chainsaws, mowers, pumps and generators - among other things. If you’re working in a primary industry, including commercial fishing, you could be eligible.

Plus, if there’s no refund then there’s no fee, so you have nothing to lose by registering today or calling our helpdesk to find out.

Visit to check your eligibility and register. Catalyst Fuel Refunds

Photo caption: L-R Nick Sowman and Jared Maloney of Catalyst Fuel Refunds

Who are we?

We exist to support eligible businesses to claim back their petrol excise tax that is used for commercial use in an off road capacity. Catalyst acts as an agent on behalf of all clients – to ensure they get back $0.61 per litre of the hard earned money they have already paid in fuel taxes in the previous two years and for future use.

Some of the common issues for our clients before using the Catalyst services have been:

They don’t know that they are eligible to make a claim.

If eligible, they will often forget to submit applications, as required every quarter.

They don’t fully understand the technicalities around eligibility, e.g. what is acceptable use?

Applying for refunds means more red tape and documents to fill out every quarter.

To do it independently they must take the time to compile 24 months of invoices and make nine applications (one for each quarter).

Poor record keeping means they are unsure how to separate on-road and off-road use.

The chance of being audited and poor records can leave them feeling it is easier not to claim.

They don’t maximise the claim e.g. only claiming on bulk deliveries and not on over-the-counter purchases.

They don’t have the time and there is no person in the business dedicated to this level of administration.

Perception their accountant could do it but would cost more than the refund is actually worth.

So why should I register with Catalyst Fuel Refunds?

Clients get an average refund of $2000 for their first claim.

We make fuel refunds easy by using a secure web-based system that is user friendly, captures the key information and does the work for you.

Our knowledge and systems will help you maximise the eligible use and claim value, increasing returns to your business and preventing potential audits.

There is a freephone support desk manned by helpful and practical kiwis in hours of the day that work for you - 8am-8pm. The support desk can guide you through the whole process hassle free or just answer a few questions as required.

There are no registration fees or calling charges. If there is no refund, there is no fee.

To support you with each quarterly refund, we have a reminder service available via text, email, or a phone call.

Register once and that is it. You don’t have to keep on filling out forms every quarter.

We can work directly with your fuel supplier allowing us to quickly prepare your applications every quarter from now on.

It’s easy! Find out if you are eligible online at If you are, then get the process underway and claim your excise duty refund using the online service.


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