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Subsistence-what can I claim? A guide for contractors, freelancers and small businesses


We often get asked by many clients asking what they can claim and can’t in regards to subsistence. Subsistence allowance is a major concern for contractors. Here is our short guide to help you.

Your job may require you to work at your client’s location for business and you may get tax relief on your travel expense, you can even go back several years.

 So when can I get tax relief for travel and subsistence costs:

As a contractor, freelancer or small business if you have to make journeys that are related to business you can deduct you’re travelling expenses, hence paying less tax.

What counts as a business journey?

  • Travelling from one workplace to another, so if you travel form your “permanent workplace” to a client’s office.

But they are not:

Ordinary commuting – when you travel between your home and your permanent workplace

Private journeys which are not related to your business

Travel expense that qualifies for relief:

You will be able to get tax on the following:

  1. Congestion charge
  2. Public transport
  3. Meals
  4. Tolls
  5. Congestion charge
  6. Business phone calls, photocopying
  7. Hotel accommodation

However you will not be able to get relief for items such as newspapers etc.

If you need further clarification on what you can or cannot claim >>Nimble Jack are here to help. Call us on 020 7969 2879.

About Hardeep Mangat

Hardeep is a down to earth accountant, who loves helping contractors, freelancers and small businesses save tax and make more profit. He also has a particular interest in IR35 . Hardeep attended University College London and is a Chartered Certified Accountant, who previously worked for Credit Suisse Investment bank and at a local accountancy practice.

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