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Do you claim tax for using your bicycle?

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Andrew_Culture, 17 Mar 2014.

  1. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

  2. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    I didn't know this! I'm self-employed, and just about to go carless. Thanks Andrew.
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  3. Archie_tect

    Archie_tect De Skieven Architek... aka Penfold

    I've delivered a few drawing packages on my bike over the last year after work and because I've used Cyclemeter for all my rides I know when and how far, so that's really useful Andrew- thanks!
  4. mustang1

    mustang1 Veteran

    London, UK
    Can bike couriers also claim?
  5. Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

    20p per mile ! I'd earn more riding a bike :laugh:
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  6. glasgowcyclist

    glasgowcyclist Bang on!

    Do you have to take the shortest route? On nice days I'm tempted to take the scenic route.

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  7. subaqua

    subaqua Guru

    Yes, and you can't claim for the scenic route only the most direct route .

    I claim for the commute in as I am paid from our Woking office but travel to site from home . as long as I not at one location more than 2 years i can keep claiming.
  8. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Veteran

    Wrong. You can claim for the most practical route. After all the most direct route might be along the A1 with no cycle path. You will have to justify your route if it isn't an obvious route (steep hills, quicker). You could take the senic route and only claim for a direct route, who's to know bikes don't have oddometers.

    I can't claim mileage when I use my bike for work, because it is a work pool bike and can only be used for work business and must be available for all my employees (me) to use. I can claim for service, tyres, lights, locks, insurance, etc against tax though.
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  9. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Rollin' along

    Manchester way
    I can and do claim my 20p mileage via work, it makes me about £1.40 a year.

    *I don't get out much anymore.
  10. OP

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    One assumes so.
  11. OP

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Glad this went down well, thank my accountant, not me!
  12. Davidc

    Davidc Guru

    Somerset UK
    Yes, I've claimed it for years, both when employed and self-employed. It was a trivial amount but was put up to encourage cycle use some years ago.
  13. mr_cellophane

    mr_cellophane Veteran

    You don't claim the 20p/mile from the tax man, you off set 20p/mile against tax. This means that for every 5 miles you cycle you pay 30p less tax.
    Couriers can claim, just put the mile you do that your employer doesn't pay you for on your Self Assessment form (which is the downside, you have to fill in one of them and remind the taxman you exist)
    I claim for leading Skyrides.
  14. rb58

    rb58 Enigma

    Bexley, Kent
    I get 6p a mile on expenses, then each year I claim the remaining 14p a mile on my tax return. 20p a mile is quite generous I think.
  15. OP

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Especially when you're riding a bike that cost £70 to build :smile: