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What if I could have claimed reimbursement but didn’t – can I claim from HMRC?

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In the case of travel expenses - yes you can. In the case of other expenses - probably not.

The general rule is that the expense has to be necessary and if you could have claimed reimbursement then it was not necessary for you to incur the expense. However, in the case of travel expenses the allowance being claimed is at a rate per mile - this is Mileage Allowance Relief (MAR) and is granted by law in respect of qualifying journeys. So if the journey qualifies then MAR is due at the statutory rate less any reimbursement. As long as the journey is necessary then MAR is due.

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