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Self-employed travel to different office locations

My client went self-employed for six months and during that time, worked in five different offices.

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My client worked for six months in five different offices. She would work in one office for a week or two and then cover for another employee in a different office for anything from a few days to three weeks at a time. Is she able to claim for travel to these different offices? Thank you in advance!

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By Anonymous.
30th Jun 2020 11:50

Five different offices of the same business or 5 different businesses?

If someone provides "cover for another employee", I would have thought that they themselves could be an employee, albeit short term.

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By Andrew1961
30th Jun 2020 11:58

Thanks for the request for clarification.

Five different offices for the same firm, but she worked for different firms during that period, but the different firms had one office. She's not claiming travel for those.

She worked as a locum and covered several different people's caseloads whilst they were on holiday (remember holidays?) in the firm's five offices.

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By Anonymous.
30th Jun 2020 12:14

Andrew1961 wrote:

Thanks for the request for clarification.

Five different offices for the same firm, but she worked for different firms during that period, but the different firms had one office. She's not claiming travel for those.

She worked as a locum and covered several different people's caseloads whilst they were on holiday (remember holidays?) in the firm's five offices.

Have you run the facts through the HMRC employment status pages?

https://www.gov.uk/employment-status/selfemployed-contractor

If someone is standing in for an employee, I think you'd need to start by distinguishing what they do from what the employee was doing if you (and, indeed, the "employer") are holding out for self-employed tax status.

The PAYE risk is with the "employer" but I'm not sure that your client is able to claim self-employed expenses if they have been employed.

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By Gone Sailing
30th Jun 2020 13:09

So the question is about self employed travel, not whether self employed or not.
The key phrase is whether the travel is "regular and predictable".
There's obviously a peripatetic nature of a locum's work.
One or two weeks here there and everywhere.
I vote allow.

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By Andrew1961
30th Jun 2020 13:22

Yes, I feel she is self-employed and worked for various clients in the six months. She submitted invoices weekly.
She did a three week spell at one place, occasional two-weeks and a several one week or part weeks.
There was occasional travel to clents' houses and travel between offices during the day which would be allowable as were not paid by the law firms and not claimed by my client on invoices.

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