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What constitutes business mileage if I stay temporarily closer to work?

Posted 10 July 2015 under Tax Questions



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WorkAway says:
8 July 2015 at 9:30

I live in one city and my normal office is in the city. I am currently involved in a project in another city which takes me away there for extended periods. I have a flat in the other city which I stay in while I am working there. What constitutes business mileage? I would think travel from home to the distant site would be business mileage. However probably not the daily commute in from my flat. Is this correct, or would the total distance away from my home be business mileage?

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TaxTimTaxTim says:
8 July 2015 at 11:19

Who pays for that flat or do you own it? Do you receive a subsistence or travel allowance while you are away?


WorkAway says:
8 July 2015 at 11:32

The company pays for the (furnished) flat rental, but I do not receive a subsistence allowance.


TaxTimTaxTim says:
10 July 2015 at 9:57

No you would not be able to claim this mileage because technically you are now travelling from home to work - given that this new rented place is your home for that while.


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