Mileage Allowance Scheme for Self Employed Couriers

A typical self-employed same day courier will put a lot of effort into keeping their vehicle running costs as low as possible; the difference between their running costs and their turnover is their profit after all. It’s quite common to leave financial matters, particularly tax-related matters, to an accountant or bookkeeper and I’m always astonished how many ‘accountants’ fail to advise their same day courier clients to consider using the Mileage Allowance Scheme rather than claiming their actual vehicle running costs against tax.

Many accountants seem completely unaware that this option is available to their clients, despite it being prominently featured in the HMRC Help Sheet HS222: How to calculate your taxable profits.

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Posted under Courier Basics, Courier Financial Issues, Mileage Allowance Scheme

Posted by Alec at 8:42 am, July 30, 2008

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Mileage Allowances

Richard wrote:

I am not sure what you mean, if you were employed & your company sent you to London you would charge them mileage 44p per mile there & back.

40p/mile, not 44p.

Richard wrote:
There is no legal obligation for you to declare it to taxman or anyone else.
There is no obligation to keep any records

Apart from the detailed written log of all your journeys.

Richard wrote:
Taking that a step further you own the van & pay all of the outgoings. You receive 44p per mile while driving it. It sucks all of the money out of limited company into your tax free pocket.

You can even assume the 44p includes vat (its a loophole exploit it while it still exists)

You’re only allowed to claim the VAT on the fuel element, not on the full mileage allowance and now you’ve got to keep VAT receipts at least covering the VAT claimed.

Richard wrote:
Basically Gordon turned this bit of legislation into a Dogs dinner & he is too arrogant to revisit it (Suits me fine)

In practice the current situation is no different to the situation that existed for years before the newest legislation was brought in. All that’s really changed is the mileage rates and the fact that the allowance is statutory rather than concessionary.

It’s worth pointing out that the self-employed also have the option of using the mileage allowance scheme providing their turnover isn’t over the VAT registration treshold.

Posted under Mileage Allowance Scheme, Uncategorized, VAT

Posted by Alec at 8:50 am, January 14, 2008

mileage allowances

Self-employed people with a turnover under the VAT registration threshold (whether they’re registered or not) are allowed to claim HMRC Approved Mileage Rates instead of actual running costs. 40p/mile for the first 10,000 miles then 25p/mile.

It works best for owner-drivers with rented small vans doing very high mileages. 2500 miles per week equals about £650 allowance for £85 rental, £20 insurance & £250 fuel.

If you use the scheme you can’t claim any other expenses for ANY vehicle costs except for hire-purchase interest. Can’t claim fuel or vehicle insurance but you can still claim congestion charge, tolls, GIT etc.

You have to keep a full, accurate log of your journeys and mileages and be able to prove that you covered all the mileage on business. Records have to be kept for 6 years after the end of the tax year and the Revenue can and do check records randomly.

The allowance is charged to your P&L account as if it was a normal expense and can do a nice job of decimating your profits for both Income Tax and Tax Credit purposes. 

Posted under Courier Financial Issues, Mileage Allowance Scheme

Posted by Alec at 5:51 pm, January 9, 2007

6TH VAT Directive – VAT on mileage allowance

Unfortunately for them they’re talking bollocks.

Firstly it only applies to employees, not the self-employed who should be keeping proper records anyway.

Secondly the ruling only means that employees’ fuel reimbursements will have to be supported by a VAT receipt if the company wants to reclaim the VAT and only the VAT paid on fuel used for business purposes will be recoverable.

Posted under Courier Financial Issues, Mileage Allowance Scheme, VAT

Posted by Alec at 1:25 pm, March 3, 2006