Mileage claims: what you need to know
A mileage claim is one way to get tax relief on a business journey in your own vehicle, whether that’s a car, motorbike, van, or bicycle. You can find out more about mileage claims on our accounting glossary.
Example: how to calculate mileage expenses
Over the course of the 2023/24 tax year, a freelance courier has driven 16,000 business miles.
They can claim the first 10,000 miles as a business expense at a rate of 45p per mile:
10,000 miles x 45p = £4,500
Anything over this can be claimed as an expense at a rate of 25p per mile:
6,000 miles x 25p = £1,500
The total they can claim for is:
£4,500 + £1,500 = £6,000
How to claim your mileage expenses
Once you’ve calculated the amount you can claim for, you should enter this into the ‘Expenses’ section of your Self Assessment tax return. This is how you are able to deduct your mileage expenses from your tax bill. Our mileage calculator can help you to calculate what you can claim.