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Is a rental car 'benefit in kind'

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JugglingLife Fri 13-Feb-15 20:12:54

Hi everyone, after a rather nasty tax bill that my DH received I am now feeling rather paranoid. I am due to start using a hire car 4 days a week for the company that I work for. It will go on hire on a Monday, off hire on a Thursday, probably for around 35 weeks per year. Will I have a personal tax liability?

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Fri 13-Feb-15 20:14:39

Are you going to be able to do private mileage?

JugglingLife Fri 13-Feb-15 20:16:30

In theory I could however I have my own car so no, not intending to. Just fed up with knackering my personal car on business mileage so they have agreed a hire car.

JugglingLife Fri 13-Feb-15 20:17:06

In theory I could however I have my own car so no, not intending to. Just fed up with knackering my personal car on business mileage so they have agreed a hire car.

HermioneWeasley Fri 13-Feb-15 20:19:46

If it is exclusively for business use then it shouldn't be a BIK. That means you can't use it for your commute

WidowWadman Fri 13-Feb-15 20:20:46

If you travel from home to your office that will be classed as private mileage - if you're only driving to places that are not a permanent workplace then it's business mileage. Only mentioning this because the definition of what counts as private is not always straightforward

JugglingLife Fri 13-Feb-15 20:23:46

Yes, I work from home (and am intending to double check my contract states that), so 2 days will be for travel to head office and other 2 days are site visits. Am I correct in thinking that as long as my place of work is home then that is OK? Thanks for your quick responses by the way. Both me and DH really appreciate it, certainly could do without more nasty surprises courtesy of HMRC.

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Fri 13-Feb-15 20:29:30

So when do you work from home? One day?

JugglingLife Fri 13-Feb-15 20:37:38

Up until now 3 days a week, come march I will continue 2 days at head office and then do a local visit to a customer 2 days per week. Around 30 miles from me so probably 2 hours out and then back at home for the rest of the day. That said if there is any tax implication whatsoever I will quite happily tell my employer that I will not be doing the latter!

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Fri 13-Feb-15 20:43:10

It isn't visiting clients. That should be fine. It is business travel.

But if you spend more time at head office than home, that can set alarms ringing at HMRC as to where your main place of work is.

JugglingLife Fri 13-Feb-15 20:46:13

Thanks penguin, I'll get that contract checked urgently, it's all a little wooly on line when it comes to hire cars. Very irritating especially when there is absolutely no personal benefit whatsoever!

PenguinsandtheTantrumofDoom Fri 13-Feb-15 20:48:46

I am not an expert. But a colleague of my DH got stung a couple of years back smile

WidowWadman Fri 13-Feb-15 20:55:29

If you travel to head office twice a week every week it probably will count as normal place of work for mileage/tax purposes, even if your contract stipulates your home (or another office) as main place of work. That's outside your employer's control, but basically an HMRC rule.

JugglingLife Fri 13-Feb-15 20:58:05

Thanks widow, it's not every week, around 35-40 weeks per year. I also don't do it twice, I drive down on a Tuesday, stay overnight and then drive back in Wednesday, does that make a difference?

WidowWadman Fri 13-Feb-15 21:42:19

I think you're probably best of discussing this with your payroll department to be honest.

JugglingLife Fri 13-Feb-15 21:44:07

Yes, I think you are right. Thank you.

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