Update on benefits and expenses consultations

31 July 2014

HMRC have published a document summarising the scope of the current consultations concerning various aspects of benefits in kind and expenses. At the same time a longer term review of the system of travel and subsistence expenses has been launched.

The HMRC document clarifies the timescales under which the five current consultation exercises – four about benefits and expenses and one on remuneration practice – are intended to operate. There seems to be a clear intention to come to some reasonably early decisions.


The travel and subsistence review is intended to be a longer term exercise. The aim is to identify some fundamental changes which would reduce errors and misunderstandings – and employer concerns.

CIPP comment

The Policy Team will consider these papers, and will in due course issue a survey to collate members’ views on the travel and subsistence review if appropriate.