What are mileage claims?
A mileage claim is one way to get tax relief on a business journey in your own vehicle, whether that’s a car, motorbike, van, or bicycle.
Example: How Aisha calculates her mileage expenses
Over the course of the 2018/19 tax year, freelance courier Aisha has driven 16,000 business miles.
She can claim the first 10,000 miles as a business expense at a rate of 45p per mile:
10,000 miles x 45p = £4,500
Anything over this can be claimed as an expense at a rate of 25p per mile:
6,000 miles x 25p = £1,500
The total Aisha can claim for is:
£4,500 + £1,500 = £6,000
How to claim your mileage expenses
Once you have calculated the amount you can claim for, you should enter this into the ‘Expenses’ section of your Self Assessment tax return. This is how you are able to deduct your mileage expenses from your tax bill.
Check out our A to Z of business expenses for more about claiming expenses.