HMRC has created mass confusion over an allowance paid to lorry drivers when they stay away in their cab overnight, says the Road Haulage Association.
Since 1991, drivers could be paid the RHA/HMRC overnight allowance free of tax and national insurance contributions when sleeping in their lorry cabs overnight, in a system that minimised red tape and was well understood throughout the industry.
The rate is currently £26.20. From April 2017, HMRC has insisted on an elaborate and ill-defined process for checking receipts, completely ignoring advice from the RHA that it would not work and ignoring its suggestions for alternatives.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, its implementation has been shambolic with HMRC giving wildly varying, and contradictory advice as to what is needed, and taken months to respond to letters from companies seeking to adhere to HMRC requirements.
Cost and bureaucracy has been heaped on the industry for no good reason.
Source: Uk Haulier