Allowances - moving from home based to company HQ

What travel allowances can my company pay to compensate and for how long - moving location after WFH

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I am moving to company HQ.  Currently on a home based contract but need to be in office more than 2 days per week.  Happy with the arrangement/travel.  Over 100 miles away.  I won't be relocating.  Company say they will ensure I am not out of pocket - and talking of some kind of travel allowance, through PAYE, as permanent arrangement.  Is this feasible, are there time restrictions?  Annual travel and accommodation is currently close to £15k.  Any views much appreciated as company are great at 'we will make sure you are ok, and you are valued', but I want to be sure that if those saying that move on, I am still covered and it's all thought through.  Many thanks.

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By Accountant A
18th Dec 2017 21:46

As it is in your employer's interests as well as yours to ensure that any payments are correctly dealt with for tax and NI purposes, you might want to suggest that they pay a small proportion of the £15,000 pa to take some tax advice.

If you are worried about something communicated verbally, the best thing would be to ask for it in writing.

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By Minniethecat
18th Dec 2017 22:12

Thanks for the reply. I am happy that I will have this in writing/contractually, its more that there will be a HMRC 'not allowed' issue further down the line - and I wanted to seek out my own information on this as well as what the company are advising. Or if our parent group turn around in a few years' time and say that it's not acceptable. That kind of thing. If it is down to the company, and tax and NI to be paid, that is fine, just want to be sure there are no rules that would say this is classed as relocation for example.

I suppose in effect it is just a large salary increase and I need to make sure it is inflation proofed in a way, as salary increases are not guaranteed - but rail fare increases are!

Any other thoughts much appreciated.

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By lionofludesch
19th Dec 2017 08:58

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I suppose in effect it is just a large salary increase and I need to make sure it is inflation proofed in a way, as salary increases are not guaranteed - but rail fare increases are!

Any other thoughts much appreciated.

Yes, thar's all it is - a large salary increase. You need to make sure that the after-tax increase covers your extra costs.

I'm not sure how you think we can advise you on future rail fares. What are you expecting from us?

As an aside, one of our cats is called Minnie.

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By Tim Vane
18th Dec 2017 22:55

This is a contractual matter between you and your employer. Why do you think it has anything to do with HMRC?

You've already been told what to do: speak to your employer, get something put in writing regarding your future remuneration. If you are not sure, pay for some advice either from a lawyer (if you are concerned about the contract) or from an accountant (if you want to work out how it affects you financially). You may find it useful to speak to both a lawyer and an accountant.

Either way this is between you and your employer and not really a suitable topic for an internet forum.

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By Minniethecat
18th Dec 2017 23:37

Tim I think it's a perfectly valid question for an internet forum, but clearly not this one - not sure if you are the moderator? You sound like you have appointed yourself to that role in telling me I have been given the answer I seek and should therefore I imagine, sign off. Actually, I've not answered my question yet, but I can go elsewhere.
I arrived at this site following a search of similar queries.
I have read a lot about HMRC rules on relocation and I am trying to understand if my situation would be treated like that. I'm not trying to do an accountant out of an hour's advice. I was simply trying to understand the situation as I am not familiar with travel allowance being paid on top of salary - and can't find anything about it so I am trying to protect myself for the future if I were to lose this allowance for some reason - and hadn't done something now to prevent that.
I suggest next time someone asks a question you think shouldn't be on your internet forum, you just pass on by rather than wasting your time to answer. But thanks for your advice anyway. I will ask my accountant.

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By stepurhan
19th Dec 2017 09:28

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Actually, I've not answered my question yet, but I can go elsewhere.

Bye then. Don't bother coming back if you think abusing people and demanding the answers you want from FREE forum is acceptable behaviour.
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