From April 2016 contractors working under an umbrella company will not automatically be entitled to tax relief on travel and subsistence expenses. The umbrella company, which will be classed as the contractors employer will need to prove the contractors eligibility to HMRC.
In certain circumstances International Contractors operating under a limited company will also not be effected by these changes.
This means that for many that routine travel to work will now become more expensive. However travel which is outside the normal scope of work may still be claimed as a business expense.
Whilst the government claimed that the effect on businesses due to this change would be negligible it also went on the warn employers that there will likely be a rise in the direct costs of hiring contracting staff.
If you are a temporary employee and are concerned about how the above changes may affect you please do not hesitate to contact us and one of our experienced member of staff will be happy to advise.