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Business travel from home office

Posted 12 March 2019 under Tax Q&A

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Sajit says:
12 March 2019 at 11:02

I work for a multi-national company and I am home based. I would like to find out, when I travel into the office for meetings, can I claim that mileage as business travel? Also, just for interest sake, would it be different if I was a salary earner and I did receive a travel allowance?

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TaxTim TaxTim says:
12 March 2019 at 12:21

If you are a freelancer or work on a commission basis for the company then yes, you can claim for these expenses as you need to go to these meetings to be able to derive income. Should you be a straight salary earner and you do not receive a travel allowance, you unfortunately can't claim your travel expenses.
Travel from home to the office is regarded as private travel and you can't claim this if you only receive a travel allowance. Therefore, you would unfortunately not be able to claim if you are a salary earner receiving a travel allowance. SARS does not acknowledge travel from home to office and vice versa as being a part of the travel deduction calculation. Please refer to our calculator here: Travel Allowance


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