When I claim travel expenses against commission income (where no travel allowance was received) do I still need to keep a day-to-day logbook with opening and closing odometer readings as in the case where an employee received a travel allowance or can claim actual expenses and make a % provision for private use?
Unfortunately no odometer reading (opening & closing) was kept.
Here's what David had to say.
Company car Vs travel allowance - Do you know which option is best for you?
Must I keep a day-to-day travel logbook?
To claim any business portion for travel, regardless of whether you receive any type of travel allowance, you must keep an accurate travel logbook.
The reason for this is simple.
If you don't, SARS will deny any deduction for travel. It has become very strict on this point, so don't try claim for business travel based on a rough percentage calculation.
If you haven't maintained a logbook, then hopefully you'll be able to identify the dates, client and distance travelled for business purposes based on calendar entries or timesheets to construct an accurate logbook to support a deduction for business travel.
For a list of what you must include in your logbook turn to chapter T09: How to tax travel allowances
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