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joey122
1st November 2009, 18:03
Does anyone know whether this is legal

I had a contractor at work claim this was allowed but I have not seen anything official verifying this

Any ideas??

Clippy
1st November 2009, 18:05
Ask you accountant.

blacjac
1st November 2009, 18:10
Perfectly fine if you are staying away from home.

It is intended to cover things like phone calls home and newspapers, without having to bother keeping receipts.

joey122
1st November 2009, 18:18
Perfectly fine if you are staying away from home.

It is intended to cover things like phone calls home and newspapers, without having to bother keeping receipts.

Is it only if you stay away from home??

If I staying at home do I have to keep receipts for every meal I eat?? Or can I claim £5 a day sustincene?

Zippy
1st November 2009, 18:44
If you are at home you don't need subsistence.

DimPrawn
1st November 2009, 18:45
Sustience

sustincene

:spel

WTF?

If I were you I'd spend the £5 on a dictionary.

HTH

sasguru
1st November 2009, 18:46
Sustience

sustincene

:spel

WTF?

If I were you I'd spend the £5 on a dictionary.

HTH


:laugh:laugh

Paddy
1st November 2009, 19:04
Does anyone know whether this is legal

I had a contractor at work claim this was allowed but I have not seen anything official verifying this

Any ideas??

At the end of the day, you may need to prove it. Be reasonable with your expenses and you should be OK.

cailin maith
1st November 2009, 19:17
Sustience

sustincene

:spel

WTF?

If I were you I'd spend the £5 on a dictionary.

HTH

:laugh

Sysman
1st November 2009, 19:25
Ask you accountant.

WHS. I used to have a weekly expense sheet that I put such stuff down on. This helped when it came to doing my books as I didn't forget stuff, and it provided an audit trail my accountant and the VATman were happy with as well.

blacjac
1st November 2009, 19:42
Is it only if you stay away from home??

If I staying at home do I have to keep receipts for every meal I eat?? Or can I claim £5 a day sustincene?

Yes £5 per day if you are staying away from home in the UK, £10 per day if abroad.

However seeing as you are staing at home, the HMRC will let you claim £50 per day with no reciepts and no benfit in kind as you are using less resources and helping with climate change. Isn't that nice of them?

Mr.Whippy
1st November 2009, 20:44
Sustience

sustincene

:spel

WTF?

If I were you I'd spend the £5 on a dictionary.

HTH:rollin:

Board Game Geek
1st November 2009, 21:09
Right, understand this.

If and when you get an HMRC investigation, receipts are necessary for proof at the time of investigation.

Keep the receipts, or HMRC will make your life even more hell than they do.

NickFitz
1st November 2009, 21:16
The £5-a-day allowance (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/EIM02730.htm) appears in HMRC's manual under the general heading of Travel Expenses: Accommodation and Subsistence (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/EIM31800.htm) but it isn't for subsistence as such, it's for other incidental overnight expenses (http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/EIM31820.htm).

Also it isn't strictly speaking an allowance: it's the expenditure that an employer may reimburse tax-free, which implies that it should have been incurred in the first place.

DiscoStu
1st November 2009, 22:47
Sustience

sustincene

:spel

WTF?

If I were you I'd spend the £5 on a dictionary.

HTH

:rollin: :yay: :yay: :yay:

norrahe
2nd November 2009, 13:01
Yes £5 per day if you are staying away from home in the UK, £10 per day if abroad.

However seeing as you are staing at home, the HMRC will let you claim £50 per day with no reciepts and no benfit in kind as you are using less resources and helping with climate change. Isn't that nice of them?

depends on your accountant, I claim £10 per day

NotAllThere
2nd November 2009, 13:25
Shouldn't these replies be in this (http://forums.contractoruk.com/general/48326-i-dont-have-clue-what-im-talking-about-thread.html) thread?

shaunbhoy
2nd November 2009, 14:51
At the end of the day, you may need to prove it. Be creative and slippery with your expenses and you should be OK.

FTFY

:wink

stillooking
2nd November 2009, 16:17
I claim £20 a day subsistence when working away from home, so hope I'm allowed this...:ohwell I keep all receipts to support it.

Having contracted at HMRC know for a fact that the civil servants are allowed £25 per night subsistence if away from home.

blacjac
2nd November 2009, 19:13
depends on your accountant

Interesting....

So the Tax Laws change dependant on your accountant then?

norrahe
2nd November 2009, 22:12
Interesting....

So the Tax Laws change dependant on your accountant then?

nope that's what I've been told I can claim, if it's supposed to be less then I'm going to give him a right slap.

I asked about subsistence and was told £10 per day.

jvector
4th November 2009, 13:32
Last time I was staying away ISTR I claimed £6 per day 'per diem' - legitimately. As somebody said, subsistence allows for unreceipted items such as 'newspapers' (remember them?).
£6 per night away in UK, £12 overseas.