Home based travel costs
Doctor Samadian works from home and has contracts with a number of private and NHS hospitals.
As he has a home-based office, from where he runs and administers his business, he has claimed for the costs of travel as follows:
· from his home/work base to his various, contracted private hospital clients;
· from the NHS hospitals, where he was an employee, to the private hospitals.
HMRC considered that the claims were not bona fide business costs and sought to disallow them. Dr Samadian appealed.
The case, when heard by the First Tier Tribunal (FTT), decided that neither of these circumstances qualified the travel costs as incurred “wholly and exclusively” for the purposes of a trade, and Dr Samadian’s appeal was denied.
The case was then heard, on appeal, by the Upper Tier Tribunal, who upheld the decision of the FTT.
This seems to be an odd conclusion by the courts. Essentially they are saying that:
· Travel expenses for journeys between home (even where the home is used as place of business) and places of business are treated as non-deductible (other than in very exceptional circumstances).
· Travel expenses for journeys between a location which is not a place of business and a location which is a place of business are not deductible.
If applied to all self-employed persons who worked from home this would seem to deny tax relief on travel costs that they believe are expended solely for business purposes.
- Ready for the new tax year? Follow our tips - March 22, 2023
- Chancellor targets business growth in Spring Budget - March 20, 2023
- Budget summary 15 March 2023 - March 16, 2023
- Leaving your business? Why you should plan an exit strategy - March 10, 2023
- Thinking of ditching the 9-5 and going self-employed? - March 8, 2023
- Why close a limited company - March 7, 2023
- A reminder – points add up to penalties from 1 January 2023 - March 2, 2023
- Tax Diary March/April 2023 - March 1, 2023