HMRC will allow a claim for travel costs to any place where the employee or director’s attendance is necessary in the performance of their duties. There are however two situations where such a claim will be denied:
- any claims that include private journeys and
- any journey which is ‘ordinary commuting’ or substantially ordinary commuting.
Ordinary commuting is defined as the journey between the employee’s home and a ‘permanent place of work’. A ‘permanent place of work’ is a place where an employee is expected to work for more than 40% of his/her time over a period of 24 months or the duration of their employment if shorter.
So in answer to your question, if the contract is for more than 24 months (or likely to last for more than 24 months) and 40% or more of the working week is spent at the work place then travel expense claims will be denied.
Your local TaxAssist Accountant would be happy to help with any issues around travel claims or any other of your accounting or tax needs. Contact us to be put in touch with your local office.
By Jo Nockels
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