Tax free commuting

Cycling Naturalist

Legendary Member
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Llangollen
I'd just like to remind the self employed and those with good employers, that with the tax breaks on bikes, there's also the benefit that specifically commuting kit is also tax deductible. So, my new windproof cycling jersey, bought today, means I get the VAT back and the rest set against tax, which brings the cost down quite a bit.
 

Arch

Married to Night Train
Location
Salford, UK
I had an employer once, tried to get a VAT reciept for three ice cream cones.... That went down in legend....
 

Arch

Married to Night Train
Location
Salford, UK
Patrick Stevens said:
Is this an implied criticism of my tax treatment today of the purchase of a 50p valve cover? :biggrin:
Noooo.. No, it was just that this guy was renowned for reminding us to get VAT receipts, and so this really summed it up... And he nearly got beaten up by a market trader for not taking no for an answer....
 

bonj2

Guest
So not only do you evade VAT, you also evade income tax on your cycling gear. So effectively me the taxpayer is paying for your cycling gear. :biggrin: In effect, anyone that works is subsidising anything that anyone who's got their own business can claim is essential.
Which is fine for those that have got their own business, because it's a necessary perk for the risk of being self-employed. But for those of us that work 9-5, it pushes the prices and inflation up.
Lord of the Teapot said:
Cyclists can also claim milage
Off who?
 
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Cycling Naturalist

Cycling Naturalist

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Location
Llangollen
alecstilleyedye said:
despite being employed, i still get a tax return (hangover from freelance days). so can i claim the cost of annual maintenance, clothing etc back against tax? sorry if i've misunderstood this.
No, the scheme only works for employers and the self employed. You are employed and therefore your employer would have to provide the bike etc.
 
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