- Are you employed in the Offshore Oil and Gas industry?
- Do you drive your own vehicle or get public transport to the mainland departure point?
- Do you work on multiple oil rigs and within multiple oil fields?
You could be owed an average tax refund of £750 per year and can be claimed back 4 years. That could be £3000 owed back to you. We may also be able to claim for other expenses such as Hotel, taxis and uniform washing costs.
Don’t let HMRC hold on to money that’s rightfully yours, contact Atkins & Co Chartered Accountants and expert tax advisors to find out how much of a refund you can get.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Can I claim?
If you work on different oil rigs offshore and use public transport or your own car to travel to the workplaces, you could well be due a tax refund. Your employer may reimburse some of these expenses already but you may still be missing out. Our friendly, expert team can quickly assess if you have a claim. If you do, we’ll deal with the admin so you can sit back and plan how to spend the money.
We assess your claim for free and will only charge if you have a claim. If there is no claim there is no charge!
- How does it Work?
The cost of travelling between home and the mainland departure point can be claimable as a tax refund if certain criteria are met. The rules are complicated and the rig must be defined as a temporary workplace in line with HMRC guidance. If you have worked on multiple rigs and in multiple oil fields over the last four years then it is likely you will qualify. You may also be able to claim for public transport costs and hotels bills providing you can provide the receipts.
We apply the rules set out in sections 336 – 339 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 to see whether you can claim. If your circumstances meet the criteria, you’re entitled to claim tax relief on the cost of your travel at the approved HMRC mileage rates.
The 75 mile rule
HMRC rules are such that if you live within 75 miles of the departure point then a change of rig within the same oil field will qualify as different workplaces. So as long as you don’t spend more than 2 years at each rig then you should qualify and be eligible to make a claim.
If you live more than 75 miles from the departure point then a change in oil field would have to happen to qualify as a different workplace as the journey to the departure point will be not deemed to be substantially different enough.
We are currently able to claim for the 10/11, 11/12, 12/13 and 13/14 tax years. The size of average claim will of course depend on several factors such as the mileage travelled and whether you are reimbursed for any of the expenses. But on average can be around £750 per tax year.
We will email you a very simple travel log form to complete showing the dates and addresses of your travel. If we need any more details we will call you to confirm.
We will then submit to HMRC, handle any questions on your behalf and chase them if there is any delay in your refund – it’s all part of our service. Your tax refund is sent to us and we then deduct our small fee and send the balance straight over to you.
- How much could I get?
On average, our clients get £750 per year, and we can reclaim your expenses for the last four complete tax years. So your first claim could be worth around £3000 which after our fees would be around £2640 in your pocket.
- How much will it cost me and when do I pay?
We charge a very low fixed fee of £90 (including vat) per successful year claimed, which we deduct from your refund once it has been received, paying the balance directly into your bank account. If the refund is less than the £90 fee then the fees will be restricted to the same amount so you will not be out of pocket. If you have no claim, then there is no charge.
- How quickly will I get my money?
Once we’ve got all your information, it usually takes about 4-6 weeks to put your claim together. We send your claim to HMRC who will take another 6 – 8 weeks on average to pay out.
- What information will you need from me?
The most important things we need from you are a list of oil rigs/fields you’ve worked on and details of the travel undertaken, your monthly payslips and P60’s. We also need you to sign a couple of forms for HMRC that allow us to speak to them on your behalf, and get you set up to make the claim.
- I receive expenses from my employer – Can I still claim?
Yes. Anyone can make a claim – it is irrelevant whether you receive expenses or not, although amounts already received are factored into the calculation.
- Will my tax code change?
Probably, but we will take care of this a part of the service.
- Can HMRC demand the money back?
Yes, if you’ve claimed too much. We assess your claim thoroughly against the legislation and providing you give us full and accurate information, the claim will be legitimate so no money will be repayable.
- Do I need receipts for other expenses such as hotel and public transport?
Yes, as the cost would vary so we will need proof.
- I live with my partner / parents, can I claim?
Yes, if this is your main residence.
- I don’t have all of the paperwork of my travel history
If you are having trouble recollecting your travel history and you have a Vantage card you may be able to:-
- Contact Vantage 01224 339730 or firstname.lastname@example.org and they should be able to provide accurate information on you trips over the four year period.
- Employer/Contractor HR Department