Contractor mileage log - free template

Limited company owners who personally own their own car can claim back the cost of business journeys made from the company. Similarly, sole traders who travel by car on business can usually receive tax relief on that journey’s cost,  writes Bob, the retired tax inspector. 

Whether you are a limited company or sole trader, as from April 5th 2011, the mileage rates are 45p per mile for the first 10,000 business miles you do in your car each year, and 25p per mile thereafter.

Limited companies – Remember:

  • These rates, or AMAP amounts, count as money that the company can pay you back for expenses you incurred as an individual, on behalf of the company. A mileage log can help you keep track.

Sole traders – Remember:

  • Annual sales of a value greater than the VAT registration threshold (£85,000) require you to add up all your car’s running costs and keep a mileage log that includes both private and business mileage usage.
  • If you use the mileage/AMAP rates, you may not claim a separate deduction for your running costs (such as fuel, oil, servicing, repairs, insurance, vehicle excise duty and MOT).

ContractorUK’s Sample Contractor Mileage Log – Year ended 5 April 2019

Tax - Rates per business mile
Date From Time Out To Time Back Return - Y/N Mileage
07/10/2018 Manchester 08:15 Liverpool 18:36 Y 66
08/10/2018 "        " 08:21 "        " 18:44 Y "   "
11/10/2018 "        " 09:04 Huddersfield 15:58 Y 38
12/10/2018 "        " 11:31 London N/A N 198
14/10/2018 London 08:14 Manchester 14:41 N "   "
15/10/2018 Manchester 08:19 Liverpool 19:01 Y 66
16/10/2018 HOL N/A N/A N/A HOL N/A

Download the Mileage Log

Notes to Mileage Log

In this mileage log, the contractor is travelling from his home city of Manchester to the same workplace in Liverpool – notably on October 7th, 8th and 15th.

The first break in his regular travel pattern is on October 11th, when a client in Huddersfield requests his presence and participation in a business meeting. Although the contractor returned to Manchester later that day, success at the business meeting meant he had to drive to London on the morning of October 12th.

After a two-night stay over in the capital, the contractor left London on October 14th in order to return home to Manchester later that day. Next morning, on Oct 15th, his normal mileage consumption resumed. However, still feeling weary from the road, he took a day’s holiday (‘HOL’) the following day on October 16th.

Editor's Note: Further Reading - Contractors' Questions: How to keep a hassle-free mileage log?


Sunday 19th May 2019
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Written by Neil Kellaway

Neil started a career as an Accountant in 2011, specialising in helping hundreds of contractors. Neil enjoys building relationships with clients and helping them manage their finances all the way through their contracting career. Whilst also helping manage and develop the next Accountants within Intouch.
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