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Travel Expenses and Subsistence for employed Construction workers
You can usually claim tax relief if you use your own car for work purposes. This is often called business mileage. You cannot claim business mileage for ordinary commuting to a single permanent place of work.
However, you can claim business mileage for travelling between different workplaces, such as construction sites, if the time spent working at the site is or expected to be less than 2 years.
- The business mileage rate is set by HMRC. In 2011-12 this is 0.45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 0.25p per mile thereafter.
- You can backdate a claim for business mileage for up to four tax years, although the mileage rate set is different for previous years. For example, the rate is 0.40p per mile for the tax year 2010-11 and .45p for the 2012-2013 tax year.
- If you receive an allowance for mileage from your employer, but this allowance is less than the business mileage rate set by HMRC, you can make a business mileage claim for the difference.
- If the mileage rate paid by your employer is taxed, you can also claim a business mileage tax rebate for this.
- Full details of locations visited and records of mileage travelled should be provided in support of a business mileage claim. However, if you did not keep these records you may still be awarded tax relief.
You may be able to claim tax relief for travel expenses if you use public transport for travelling to a temporary workplace, or if you have used public transport this purpose in the past.
- In this case, HMRC generally defines a temporary workplace as somewhere you work for less than 2 years, for example a construction site.
- You need to keep full records of the sites you have visited, and receipts for travel.
- However, you may still be able to claim tax relief if you do not have these records.
- In some cases a travel expenses claim is still possible even if your employer has paid you a travel allowance.
- Your claim for travel expenses tax relief for using public transport for travelling to temporary workplaces can be backdated for up to four tax years.
You can usually claim travel expenses tax relief for accommodation and the costs of food and other living expenses if you are employed at a temporary workplace.
- In this case, a temporary workplace is anywhere you work for less than 2 years, such as a construction site.
- If you receive an allowance for travel or accommodation from your employer, you may still be able to make a claim for tax relief.
- A claim for tax relief for accommodation and subsistence expenses can be backdated for up to four tax years.
- Full details and receipts for accommodation and subsistence should be provided in support of a claim for tax relief. However, if you did not keep these records you may still be awarded tax relief.
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