Class 1 NICs: Expenses and allowances: Motoring expenses (including mileage allowances) paid on or after 6.4.02: Determining whether payments are for an employee’s use of a qualifying vehicle: Background
To disregard some or the entire qualifying amount (QA) (see NIM05830)from earnings, the employer must make payments to or for the benefit of an employee whichare relevant motoring expenditure (RME) (see NIM05815). ForClass 1 NICs purposes, the employer can only deduct QA from RME, not other earnings.
Mileage allowance payments (MAPs, see EIM31205) are exempt from PAYE income tax. Theemployer, therefore, does not have to include the excess in gross pay for PAYE taxpurposes. See EIM31235.
To determine whether payments are RME may involve trying to establish whether the paymentsare made for the employees use of a qualifying vehicle. SeeEIM31255. If the payments are not for the employees use of a qualifying vehicle,they are not RME and are unlikely to be MAPs. If the payments are not RME the employermust include the payments in gross pay for Class 1 NICs. If the payments are not MAPs theemployer must include the payments in gross pay for PAYE income tax.