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Travel Allowance - Tax relief

jreid1611
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Travel Allowance - Tax relief

Postby jreid1611 » Sat Nov 25, 2023 9:51 pm

Im looking for some advice on claiming back on on travel allowance I receive

I work a job 4 weeks on / 4 weeks off, crewchanging out of Aberdeen mostly. To compensate for travel expenses getting to and from my check I get paid £30 for each day im away on top of my salary

So on an averaged payslip In my payments section i have line - 'travel allowance - 15 days £450'

I am then taxed on that £450

At they end of the year should I be able to claim back the tax I have paid on this travel allowance?

Thanks

bd6759
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Re: Travel Allowance - Tax relief

Postby bd6759 » Sun Nov 26, 2023 12:16 am

Simple answer is no.

You haven’t stated what travel expenses you actually incur, or why you incur them, so it’s difficult to determine if you have incurred an allowable expense. You can only reclaim actual costs: a daily allowance is not an actual cost.

Worth noting that your employer will also be paying ER NIC on this payment. If it were an allowable cost, they wouldn’t tax and NIC it. That would save them a lot of money and is something they would have considered.

jreid1611
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Re: Travel Allowance - Tax relief

Postby jreid1611 » Sun Nov 26, 2023 2:39 am

The travel expenses I occur

Can be trains/flights/hotels & meals

Thanks

darthblingbling
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Re: Travel Allowance - Tax relief

Postby darthblingbling » Sun Nov 26, 2023 10:09 am

Are you working on a rig or something? Where are you travelling to?

bd6759
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Re: Travel Allowance - Tax relief

Postby bd6759 » Sun Nov 26, 2023 1:36 pm

Expenses are allowable in specific circumstances. Travel to work and eating food are not such circumstances.

jreid1611
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Re: Travel Allowance - Tax relief

Postby jreid1611 » Sun Nov 26, 2023 10:29 pm

I work on a vessel

And the expenses are to cover my cost joining the vessel and getting home

Thanks

darthblingbling
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Re: Travel Allowance - Tax relief

Postby darthblingbling » Sun Nov 26, 2023 11:06 pm

I believe there is an exemption (not strictly a deduction) if you were travelling to onboard a vessel that will take you out to an oil platform or other such off shore platform that is your permanent workplace, but if the vessel itself is the workplace then this will not apply.

jreid1611
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Re: Travel Allowance - Tax relief

Postby jreid1611 » Sun Nov 26, 2023 11:26 pm

The vessel is the workplace.

Thanks

bd6759
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Re: Travel Allowance - Tax relief

Postby bd6759 » Sun Nov 26, 2023 11:45 pm

Travel to your workplace is not an allowable deduction.


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