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© 2018 by All Paul Limited.        All Paul Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with company number of 08367537.

Director: Paul Clifton

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Claiming business mileage expenses

February 2, 2018


Can you pay any mileage allowance you want?


Yes, it’s true! You can even offer your employees £10 per mile if you feel generous – but you’ll have to pay tax on it.


Mileage Allowance Payments (MAPs) are the payments your company makes to an employee for expenses related to the use of their own vehicle for (i) journeys that form part of their work duties and (ii) journeys for their attendance at a temporary workplace. However, if you want to avoid paying tax on these payments, you have to follow the approved mileage allowance guidelines.


Are all mileage allowances are tax-free?


No. Only Approved Mileage Allowance Payments are tax-exempt.


The following are the current Approved Mileage Allowance Payments rates per business mile.


Type of vehicle         First 10,000 miles            Above 10,000 miles

Cars and vans                         45p                                   25p

Motorcycles                             24p                                  24p

Bicycles                                    20p                                   20p


So, if an employee travels 12,000 business miles in their car or van, the approved amount for the year would be £5,000 (10,000 x 45p plus 2000 x 25p).


Oh yes, and just because an employee might change their car or van, it doesn’t mean they can start the count again for their new vehicle. When they say you can claim the ‘first 10,000 miles for each vehicle’, it only applies to 1 vehicle per person per year. So don’t even think about trying to get away with claiming unscrupulously!

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