Accommodation rules for MOD employees

When you won't be able to claim an MOD refund

We know how complex MOD and HMRC rules and regulations can be – sometimes they seem almost designed to trip you up on purpose. Can I claim expenses for this trip? But what if I live here? Thankfully, the experts at DSR Tax Claims are at hand to help guide you through the maze of accommodation rules. And if you get to the end of our handy guide and you’re still not sure where you stand, give our friendly team a call on 0330 122 9972 and we will help you make sense of where you stand.

Accommodation rules for MOD employees

Because HMRC regulations on MOD Tax refunds are pretty complex, it can be easy to get it all mixed up and make a mess of it. That can be why it is so helpful to use a team of tax experts like DSR Tax Claims, because our expert knowledge can help you get your maximum refund without falling foul of those tricky regulations. When claiming travel expenses as a MOD employee, it can make a big difference where you state your “main residence” to be.

So, what is your current living situation?

Living with a partner or your parents?

If you have stated that this is your main residence then this is not a problem – you are still entitled to tax relief on your travel expenses.

Living on base?

It depends on whether you are on base all the time or whether you only live there part of the time. If you are there all the time then you can’t claim anything – after all, according to HMRC you’re not out of pocket at any time. But if you go home at weekends or for your leave then that home address (where you spend your weekends and leave time) will be classed as your main residence and you can therefore claim travel expenses between the two. You might already be getting a ‘Get You Home’(GYH) travel allowance but you can claim the shortfall between that and HMRC mileage rates.

Living in married quarters?

If you also spend your weekends and leave periods at your married quarters then that will be classed as your main residence. Any refund will depend on the distance and mileage between these married quarters and your daily work base. You might already be receiving a ‘Home To Duty’ (HTD) allowance, but like the GYH allowance, you might be able to claim for any shortfall between that and HMRC mileage rates.

Based in Cyprus or Germany?

Whether you can claim for travel to and from an overseas base again depends on whether it is classed as your main residence. If you have your family living in Cyprus or Germany with you, then that will most likely be classed as your main residence so travel expenses won’t be applicable to you. If that isn’t the case then you can claim for your travel expenses to and from a UK residence.

We know it can be hard to know where you stand when trying to navigate your way through MOD and HMRC rules on expenses but we at DSR Tax Claims are here to help you get your maximum refund fast and we won’t claim a penny that you are not entitled to claim. Call our professional team of experts on 0330 122 9972 and let us help get your money back in your bank account where it belongs.

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