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Working away from home expenses

Working away from home expenses

Working away from home may cause additional costs. These costs may qualify as being tax deductible but must be reasonable.

What is reasonable?

HMRC have been known to challenge expenses in relation to accommodation if someone is staying in a 5 star hotel when a cheaper substitute is available not too far away.  This is seen as a benefit and HMRC will incur a charge if deemed to be unreasonable.

All these expenses must have original receipt in order to claim.

Meal costs are also allowable when working away from home, again so long as they are reasonable (this is usually a breakfast & dinner meal).

If workers are given allowance for overnight stays away from normal place of work then the limit HMRC give is £10.00 per night for overseas stays & £5.00 per night for all UK stays.  Receipts are not required for overnight allowance claims.


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