New changes to travel and subsistence rates for Contractors as of 01 April 2017Posted Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform have reviewed the current mileage and subsistence expense system in the context of modern business requirements and conditions. These changes are claimable in each of our Umbrella, Managed and 365 Company solutions.
New mileage rates have been outlined that better reflect changes in motoring technology, road conditions, commuter behaviour, and car ownership patterns.
The key changes predominantly incentivise the use of more environmentally friendly vehicles, and include:
- An increase in the number of distance bands from two to four, which attempts to provide a more nuanced compensation regime
- A lower rate for the first 1,500km
- An increased rate from 1,501km to 5,500km
- More beneficial compensation rates for cars with lower
engine sizes and emissions
- The formula for calculating mileage now assumes a car is
replaced every four years rather than every three years.
The four bands of proposed motoring expenses are outlined in the below table:
These new rates will have an impact on Contractors who incur business mileage expenses, depending on the distances that they travel on a regular basis, as well as the type of car that they drive and how efficient it is.
The Department of Public Expenditure & Reform have also updated the subsistence rates that are claimable in Ireland and overseas. The following has been outlined:
- The overnight rate has been increased from 125.00 to 133.73 for absences within the state since 01/04/2017. The daily subsistence rates remain unchanged.
- The high cost of overnight hotel accommodation in Dublin has also been acknowledged with a new “Vouched Accommodation (VA) Rate” introduced.
- This new “VA Rate” reflects the vouched (i.e. receipted) costs of
accommodation up to the normal overnight rate (133.73) plus the appropriate
day-rate for meals (i.e. the 10 hour rate)
to be reimbursed tax free subject to the standard conditions. Full details can be
- Payment of the normal overnight rate (133.73)
will continue to apply where employees obtain accommodation in Dublin within
- New rates for international accommodation costs
have been introduced, dependant on the location. There are further
details about this here.
It is anticipated that Revenue will shortly update IT51, IT54 and Statement of Practice (IT/2/2007) to
reflect these changes.
Contracting PLUS will notify you as soon as this update occurs. If you would like to discuss these changes further, please don’t hesitate to contact us in 01 611 0707 or email email@example.com .