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24 Month Rule for Contracting

You are permitted to claim travel and accomodation expenses, providing your workplace meets HMRC’s definition of a temporary site; whereby your attendance lasts no longer than 24 months. At the point you know that your contract will last beyond 24 months, you must stop claiming expenses. If for example, you agree a 36 month contract, from the outset no expenses at all can be claimed against the contract.

There is a further rule which means that when an individual spends more than 40% of their time at a workplace for an assignment which has exceeded 24 months, travel and accomodation expenses will also not be permitted.

If you continue working for the same client but change site after 24 months, the new workplace must be geographically different to the previous workplace or there must be a significant change to your daily commute to be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses. For example, if the new workplace is a different building within the same road, then no expenses are permitted to this site. If daily mileage to one workplace is 15 miles and the new workplace is 12 miles albeit in the opposite direction, there is no significant change the daily commute and therefore no expenses are permitted to be claimed.

If you have previously claimed expenses to the same site under a different arrangement, this must also be taken into account against the 24 month rule. Simply moving Umbrella Company won’t allow you to continue claiming expenses, as the rule applies to the site you are working at rather than the company you use.

If you would like clarification on what expenses you are entitled to claim, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team on 01206 713 680.

Alternatively download our free expenses guide to keep as a reference.

HMRC are targeting Umbrella Companies who are misleading contractors into claiming false expenses. Visit our Dubious Claims page to read more.

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ContractorUmbrella is the hassle-free, straight talking umbrella company that provides umbrella employment for UK based contractors and freelancers. Independently voted as the best umbrella company by the readers of Contractor UK.

As one of the most trusted umbrella companies in the UK, we guarantee our employees peace of mind, absolute compliance and complete security. We are one of the longest standing and most respected umbrella companies in the UK.

Benefits of working through ContractorUmbrella;

  • Fast and easy registration-  be ready to work in 24 hours, simply register online and we’ll take care of the rest.
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  • Same day payments- we offer same day payments as standard, for no additional fee.
  • Our Commitment Charter- is our guarantee that you will be looked after at every step of the way.
  • Flexible Limited Company accountancy- when you sign up to our sister company Dolan Accountancy, you can transfer to ContractorUmbrella when umbrella employment better suits or your assignment sits inside IR35.
  • Employee Benefits- at ContractorUmbrella there are many benefits available to you as our employee including Childcare Vouchers, our Employee Rewards Scheme, Group Pension Scheme, Foreign Currency Exchange, Contractor Accommodation, Contractor Mortgages and much more.
  • Personal Employee Liaison Officer- we believe in the personal touch, so you will have your very own dedicated Employee Liaison Officer during your employment with us. Read some of the glowing testimonials we've received about our lovely staff and the outstanding commitment they give to all our employees and clients.

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