We at DSR Tax Refunds know how hard it is to find good, quality information about tax matters and that is why we have created these handy guides, to share some of our expert knowledge with you. If you have to travel as a part of your job then you might be entitled to claim mileage tax relief (also known as mileage allowance relief) so check out our guide to business mileage tax relief and if you think it could apply to you, take a look at our online calculator or call our friendly team on 0330 122 9972 and see how much money you could be entitled to claim.
What is mileage tax relief?
If you have to travel as a part of your job, you could be entitled to claim your mileage costs back from HMRC. Even if your employer gives you some mileage allowance, if it is less than the HMRC approved mileage allowance then you can claim for the shortfall.
Who is entitled to claim tax relief on mileage?
If you use your own vehicle for work purposes you could be entitled to tax relief to help you with those costs. HMRC set specific rules about what kind of journeys are eligible for tax relief. If your only travel is to and from your permanent place of work then unfortunately you are not entitled to claim any mileage allowance relief. HMRC see that as an acceptable employment expense. However, if you are travelling to a temporary workplace (and HMRC define that as one you are based at for less than 24 months) then you could be entitled to mileage tax relief on your travel costs. Similarly, if you use your own vehicle to visit clients or suppliers then you could be entitled to claim tax relief on your mileage.
If your employer makes some contribution to your travel costs but this contribution is less than the HMRC approved mileage amount, then you can claim the difference. HMRC mileage rates are currently set at 45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 25p per mile above that.
There are different rules if you have a company car and we deal with those in a separate guide – here we are only concerned with mileage tax relief using your own vehicle.
How to claim mileage tax relief
Our friendly and professional team of tax experts are on hand to guide you through the whole tax refund process – after all, we know just how complicated it can all be. If our online calculator tells you that you should be entitled to claim tax relief on your travel expenses, call us on 0330 122 9972 and let’s get started on your claim.
What information do you need to claim mileage tax relief?
To help you get your maximum refund, we need a full record of all the travel you have done for work – so that is a list of all of the places you have travelled to and the dates you travelled to them. You can still claim if you didn’t use your own vehicle – if you incurred public transport costs or cab fares then you can claim for those too.
If you have been racking up these travel costs over the past few years, don’t despair. You can backdate your claim for up to four years, so you needn’t be out of pocket for any longer than you need to be. And because DSR Tax Refunds aim to get you your maximum rebate fast, your money could be back with you within 21 days once we have submitted your claim to HMRC. We never claim a penny that you are not entitled to claim so you don’t need to worry that you will end up on trouble with HMRC. All we want to do is get your hard-earned money back with you where it belongs so call our team of experts on 0330 122 9972.