360 Welcome Travel Expenses
In its Pre-Budget Report, the government finally decided not to pursue the travel expenses consultation opened in July of this year and to leave the current rules unchanged. PBR 2008
This consultation concerned the use of overarching contracts of employment and tax relief on travel expenses. The Report states in para. 5.104 that the Government has decided to leave the rules unchanged but ensure compliance with the current regime in the future. Brian Keegan, MD of 360 Group says
"This proves that government has listened on this occasion and that maintaining a flexible working model is key to seeing UK PLC through these challenging times". Keegan goes on to say "Following the consultation Government now has a better understanding of the vital role umbrella organisations play and that umbrellas do not exist purely to provide tax savings to workers. Umbrella providers now have the opportunity to prove that we have a legitimate place in the economy and demonstrating ongoing compliance with HMRC rules is essential.
360 group, like other interested parties has been heavily involved in the consultation process and sought to provide feedback from agencies and end clients to Her Majestys Treasury about the real benefits professional employer organisations can provide.