More and more people are now using their own vehicles for business travel, whether it be frequently or not so often a lot of these employees do not realise that they could be claiming tax relief on this mileage and fail to track their business mileage correctly and miss out on money they are due.
What mileage can I claim?
Although you cannot claim for travel to and from your permanent place of work if you are using your own car for business reasons such as a visit to a client or a different workplace than your normal place of work then you are able to claim this as business mileage and possibly receive tax relief.
Who should be claiming mileage?
If you are using your own car for business then there is no reason why your occupation should affect your ability to claim mileage and tax relief. As long as you follow HMRC guidance then you should be able to put in a claim.
Sales and marketing
With company cars becoming less widely provided sales people probably spend more time in their own cars than any other profession be it visiting customers, sales conferences or calling at other branches around the country the cost of travel is eligible for tax relief but it is essential that they are recording mileage correctly.
Financial and legal services
Lawyers, financial advisers and accountants may need to visit clients at their offices or maybe at their homes. This mileage should be recorded as business mileage as it is travel to a place other than their permanent place of work and the money claimed back.
Occupations in health care often mean that travel is a requirement of the job and a permanent place of work is rarely used. Care assistants for example spend a lot of time in their own vehicles visiting the homes of their patients, these business journeys are allowable for mileage claims and the mileage should be tracked.
These are only a handful of cases where employees would be eligible to claim back money for the costs of using their own car. Those who work in a number of other industries could also be entitled to this tax relief.
Whether it be with a pad and pen, a spreadsheet or the way we obviously prefer, with an app, recording mileage correctly will make sure you have all the information available to make claims for tax relief correctly.