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    I have just started doing the school run. My husband used to walk my son. My school run little un does not like to walk and to be honest I don't fancy walking up the hill with a double buggy as well as looking after the walking children.
    My question is whether I can claim mileage allowance because I am taking my own son

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    Quote Originally Posted by yummyripples View Post
    I have just started doing the school run. My husband used to walk my son. My school run little un does not like to walk and to be honest I don't fancy walking up the hill with a double buggy as well as looking after the walking children.
    My question is whether I can claim mileage allowance because I am taking my own son
    I'm unsure on this one but I would say possibly not as it's for your family and not for your minded children.

    I know you can't claim back on the food you and your family have unlike the food you buy for minded children so I would imagine the same would apply to the petrol to take ur little boy to school.

    I'm sure someone more in the know on this will give you a defo answer

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    If you have the time I would still walk if that is what you used to do. I have independent walkers on reins (age dependent) and the hold onto the buggy. My children don't have the choice to 'not want to walk!' In fact it makes me more determined to get them walking! It is the healthy and green option for all of you.

    If you are only going to the school for you child and you used to walk then it I think would be hard to claim mileage for your business now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yummyripples View Post
    I have just started doing the school run. My husband used to walk my son. My school run little un does not like to walk and to be honest I don't fancy walking up the hill with a double buggy as well as looking after the walking children.
    My question is whether I can claim mileage allowance because I am taking my own son
    Good question Yummyripples and one that should be referred to those who make decisions about this
    If our children are part of the ratio...would that make a difference?
    I have often driven the children to school to be back in time for those arriving at 9am!!
    I am not sure so would recommend asking a professional in the right dept...somewhere!!

    As for walking we all have to decide what is best for us and the kids...sometimes taking the car is the only option open to us if we are constantly looking at our watch and need to get back home in time for kids to be fed and be picked up on time...other times walking is good and part of their PD...your call!!

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    I would just claim it - how much is it going to add up to in an academic year? And now that the tax thresholds are so much higher lots of childminders won't earn enough to pay tax any way - especially those with a child of their own at home. Or you could just claim for 50% of it.

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    I take my own son to school in the car but have never claimed mileage as I assumed because he is my child I wasn't entitled to claim the days younger mindees are with us because I'd have been going to school anyway.

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    Now i think that if you walk when you don't have the minded children and you are only driving because of the minded children I would think yes you can claim, because you wouldn't be driving if you didn't have them. Makes sense to me...not necessarily to the tax people....but it does to me!!! x

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    Are you only taking your son? If yes then no I wouldnt have thought you could claim the mileage as its nothing to do with your childminding.
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    My husband usually walks my son to and from school. I have started taking him because I am taking a little girl too.
    I think I will claim because if I didn't have the little girl he would still be walking so effectively I am only really using the car for her (and me)
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    Sorry I realise I didn't word my original post at all clearly

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    If you are taking a child to school as well as your own son, then yes you can claim mileage.

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    I queried this with the HMRC and the answer is NO - if you are taking your child then you cannot claim the mileage (but who would know?) - you could take them in the car and your DH and son walk.

    If you did 2 schools and you went to your sons first, no mileage can be claimed but if you dropped off and went to another school you could claim from your sons school to the 2nd school and home
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    Quote Originally Posted by westbrom44 View Post
    If you are taking a child to school as well as your own son, then yes you can claim mileage.
    This is incorrect
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    I think a lot of the support/advice here is incorrect...and very confusing as each has their own interpretation on what is to be claimed or otherwise...who said what or didn't

    Check with an accountant what you are entitled to claim...look for information online
    you would be surprised as a home based business how much is missing from the present and very outdated arrangement of very allowable expenses

    Time to review it I think!!

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    My dad is an accountant and does my accounts. He has always told me to only claim for what I can prove I use for business purposes. In this case as you are taking your child to school I would say no, however if you were driving minded children to school then yes it would be!
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    Hi

    I do but I am taking other mindees to school and after school plus I collect younger children once I have taken school children to school and again take them home before I go to school in the afternoon so I have to use the car to meet everyone's needs. The ones I pick up and drop off are all under 2 year old funding and have special needs.

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    I have recently been to a hmrc course, in person, the last they held for childminders. You cannot claim for any car journey if your child is in the car. It had to be solely for the purpose of minded children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpullen17387 View Post
    I have recently been to a hmrc course, in person, the last they held for childminders. You cannot claim for any car journey if your child is in the car. It had to be solely for the purpose of minded children.
    You can't claim any journey at all? So if you took the minded children to playgroup or soft play but your child was in the car too you could not claim this? X

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpullen17387 View Post
    I have recently been to a hmrc course, in person, the last they held for childminders. You cannot claim for any car journey if your child is in the car. It had to be solely for the purpose of minded children.
    So I can't claim for picking up minded child from nursery because I have to take my 19 month old dd with me? That's solely for the purpose of picking up a minded child, no reason to go if I don't have him but can't leave dd at home alone while I go, bit unfair if I can't claim that

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    I think this a bit of a grey area and have been told different things by people at HMRC, but the lady I spoke to at HMRC when doing my tax return said if the journey was solely for the purpose of childminding then yes I could but otherwise no. This is the examples she gave me:
    If you have a child who goes to school and also a minded child who you take to the same school then no you can't as you would have to make that journey somehow if you weren't childminding.
    If you were taking minded children to a play group / outing and your child also went then yes you could but only if you were going there for the benefit of the minded child and your child was only going with you because you obviously can't leave them home alone.
    In summary if its a journey you would make all be it on foot if you weren't minding then no you can't but if the reason is solely because of minding then yes you can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirsty90 View Post

    You can't claim any journey at all? So if you took the minded children to playgroup or soft play but your child was in the car too you could not claim this? X
    Nope she said any journey with minded children, if your child is in the car you cannot claim x

 

 
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