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Old 07-08-2019, 09:48 AM   #11
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Would there be any tax relief for this as in his view he's having to rent the flat because of his job.
No tax relief and I can't see how he could think there would be. He wasn't forced to take the job.

I'm surprised that an employer will be 45p per mile for an employee to travel to their permenant place of work at a cost of £360 per week or an annual cost of over £17k to get one person to come to work igmoring the 10k limit of 45p per mile

Has your son misunderstood his employer and they've actually said 'employees get 45p per mile for business travel' and your son assumes this includes travel to work?

it might be worth looking into the HMRC rules around travel to a temporary workplace (limited duration of temporary purpose).
I'm not 100% sure but I think that only applies if your employer asks you to work at a different site on a temproary basis. So your permenant work place is site a but you're working on site b on a temp basis.

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Old 08-08-2019, 12:14 AM   #12
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No expenses can be claimed for travelling to and from a permanent place of work, commonly referred to as your "ordinary commute"

Please refer to Section 336 (S336) of ITEPA 2003....the Income Tax, Earnings & Pensions Act.

S336 - for expenses to be claimable, the expense must be incurred "wholly", "exclusively" and "necessarily" by the employee in the performance of the duties of the employment.

Your ordinary daily commute to your permanent place of work is not covered by S336, its not an allowable expense

However, if your employer sends you on a business trip, to visit a client for example, then the expenses incurred in visiting that clent would be allowable

Similarly, if you have a permanent office/place of work, but are required to visit multiple sites by your employer (be that on a temp basis) then the travel costs incurred for visiting those sites would be allowable, but the distance would be from your permant workplace, not your home address (so you would net off your ordinary commute mileage)

In the scenarios mentioned above where expenses are allowable, then if you're using your own car for work, the 45p/25p would apply

The main question to ask yourself is, referring back to the specific legislation is have the three tests of the expense being incurred "wholly", 'necessarily" & "exclusively" been satisfied. All three have to apply

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Old 26-08-2019, 12:31 PM   #13
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Sorry for the late replies.

The confusion has been resolved. Essentially the employer has discounted the accommodation costs as its "on site" so its not as bad as it initially was

Business expenses still apply 45p/mile to other places of work.
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