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    • Nicky321
    • By Nicky321 15th Apr 17, 12:21 PM
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    Set rate for business lunch?
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    • 15th Apr 17, 12:21 PM
    Set rate for business lunch? 15th Apr 17 at 12:21 PM
    Me and my husband have a Ltd Co. My husband has recently been doing contract work at a site away from home and has therefore purchased his lunchtime meal and refreshments, however as it was from local mobile lunch unit, he has no receipt, is there a set figure he can claim? He has been roughly spending around £10/day,
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    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 15th Apr 17, 1:13 PM
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    My accountant has informed me that that HMRC are clamping down on lunch costs and unless you are staying away from home then you should not claim as it's no different to a PAYE employee who either puts his hand in his pocket or takes his own
    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 15th Apr 17, 1:21 PM
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    Plenty of stuff on the web clarifying this.
    • Credit-Crunched
    • By Credit-Crunched 19th Apr 17, 10:43 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 10:43 AM
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    • 19th Apr 17, 10:43 AM
    My accountant has informed me that that HMRC are clamping down on lunch costs and unless you are staying away from home then you should not claim as it's no different to a PAYE employee who either puts his hand in his pocket or takes his own
    Originally posted by unforeseen
    Same here, no claiming for meals, lunch, taking clients out etc. Those days are long gone.

    To be honest, I never did put these through, it just seemed strange to do so.
    • ComicGeek
    • By ComicGeek 21st Apr 17, 9:49 PM
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    If it's a legitimate business expense, and meets the HMRC definition, then I can't see the problem. We have tea, coffee & water provided by the company at the office - why shouldn't I claim back subsistence costs incurred when I'm on business trips out of the office, as I'm out of pocket.

    I can't see HMRC's problem with this, why is it any different to mileage expenses?
    • martindow
    • By martindow 22nd Apr 17, 10:35 AM
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    • 22nd Apr 17, 10:35 AM
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    • 22nd Apr 17, 10:35 AM
    If it's a legitimate business expense, and meets the HMRC definition, then I can't see the problem. We have tea, coffee & water provided by the company at the office - why shouldn't I claim back subsistence costs incurred when I'm on business trips out of the office, as I'm out of pocket.

    I can't see HMRC's problem with this, why is it any different to mileage expenses?
    Originally posted by ComicGeek
    It doesn't sound as if your employer provides lunch - if you're in the office or away you have to pay for your lunch. If you have a free canteen at work then I suppose it would be different and you could argue the point with HMRC.

    Mileage is a valid expense provided it is purely business related - going off sightseeing or visiting your mistress would not be allowable for instance.
    • paddyrg
    • By paddyrg 22nd Apr 17, 1:40 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 17, 1:40 PM
    It doesn't sound as if your employer provides lunch - if you're in the office or away you have to pay for your lunch. If you have a free canteen at work then I suppose it would be different and you could argue the point with HMRC.

    Mileage is a valid expense provided it is purely business related - going off sightseeing or visiting your mistress would not be allowable for instance.
    Originally posted by martindow
    ...although a free canteen may have a P11D impact?
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