Dealing with self employed expenses claim. Client is EXTREMELY accurate and tidy.
But this reminded me of when I was a young whippersnapper working for a firm of accountants, and put in a claim for the 6.1 mile round trip to bank the firms takings at lunchtime.
On presenting my expenses claim for 6.1 miles @ 25p per mile I was repremanded by the accounts clerk and forcefully told to ROUND UP the miles to 7. This cut against the honest grain in my body which runs through it like the writing on a stick of Blackpool Rock.
But this client's mileage log shows hundreds of daily trips out in the car during the year. Many of the trips are for 2.1 or 3.1 or 5.1 or 10.1 or 21.1 miles etc. I was about to advise the client to round up each day's trip.
However, the annual log which totals 2,996.4 miles is a very accurate figure. It has just dawned on my that I may be about to advise the wrong thing. Should I let sleeping dogs lie, or should I advise to round each trip up to the next whole number.
All of my other clients round up automatically. Maybe the transition from dead accurate mileage to rounding up should be a "rite of passage" for everyone.
What you think?