Complex Travel Journeys
How much information do you need about the journeys I'm making?
When we're working out the full amount of MOD tax relief you're entitled to, the more information we have the better. MOD travel can get pretty complicated, with several legs to your journeys when you're posted overseas. Wherever possible, tell us about every stage of your travel to and from your base. When it comes to claiming back everything the taxman owes you, the little details can really make a difference.
For example, suppose you were posted to Bad Fallingbostel back in the 2014-15 tax year, before the base was closed. Let's say you were living in Ashford, Kent at the time. The journey to your posting might look something like:
- Driving about 23 miles to Dover.
- Taking the ferry from Dover to Calais.
- Driving or taking public transport for close to 450 miles from Calais to the base in Bad Fallingbostel.
You might expect claiming a tax refund in Germany would be a nightmare. Every leg of that journey adds to your total travel costs. Not only are you burning fuel on the land sections, but you've also shelled out for the ferry costs. The cost of international travel can also vary considerably at different times of the year, or even different times of the day.
When you come to make your MOD tax refund claim, HMRC are going to want every detail you can give them. That's why it's so important to keep good records.
Without receipts or other evidence, it can be tough to get the taxman to part with your cash. If HMRC select your claim for a spot-check enquiry, we need to be able to prove when, where and how you travelled.
Of course, with MyRIFT, those crucial details are simple to track and update, wherever you are in the world. Just fill in the costs you're paying as you go and we'll use them to build a complete picture of what HMRC owes you.