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British Cycling proposes tax breaks for cycle commuters

Josh Cunningham
9 Nov 2016

British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman backs plans that include tax-related incentives for both employees and business.

'Britain’s businesses have woken up to the benefits that cycling can bring to their employees and it’s about time that the government followed suit,' said Dame Sarah Story today, after proposals made by British Cycling state that those who cycle to work should benefit from certain tax breaks.

The proposals have been formally put together in a report (viewable here) by Jolyon Maugham QC, a tax expert who was enlisted by the Choose Cycling business network, originally started by British Cycling in March 2015 and which includes companies such as Coca Cola and Tesco.

The proposals include up £250 a year in tax breaks for people who take up cycling to work, as well as a capital allowance of up to £100,000 for businesses who invest in cycling - for example with facilities such as showers and bike parking. Also put forward was the proposal to extend the current cycle to work scheme, which enables people to buy bicycles from untaxed income, to those who are self-employed. 

'The specific measures we’ve proposed tackle some of the key disincentives to cycling,' said Jolyon Maugham. 'They are innovative, cost-effective and will help deliver a number of the government’s key objectives.'

Storey, who won three gold medals at this year's Paralympics, meanwhile continues: 'It’s only right that if a company invests heavily in providing high quality changing and bike storage facilities – things that will help our nation become healthier and fitter – that they should get a tax incentive for it. We want Britain to become a true cycling nation and we’ll only get there if we can get the government to be forward-thinking and to work in partnership with business.'

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