The trip to the place of work can be claimed in the tax return – thanks to the commuter allowance. To do this, you have to calculate the working days. You can find out what you need to pay attention to here.
The commuter package can be used by employees for every working day. Holidays, vacations or sick days do not count, explains the income tax relief association for United Wages Tax Assistance (VLH). So that the information in the tax return is correct, the working days for the respective year must be calculated.
In principle, this is simple: the weekends are deducted from the 365 days of the year. From the remaining days, the public holidays, vacation days and any sick days have to be calculated. If you do not know how many public holidays apply in your state, you can use the VLH online calculator.
Training doesn’t always count
As a rule, external training and longer trips with colleagues also have to be excluded – for example over a long weekend. This is usually considered a vacation.
If further training takes place at the workplace, this day also counts as one of the working days and therefore for the commuter package. The same applies if the company outing takes place during working hours. From a legal perspective, it then counts as a working day.
In case of doubt, the tax office requires proof
The reason for the trouble: The tax office checks whether the submitted documents do not contradict each other. For example, if you claim high costs of illness or training, you can expect the tax office to check whether this fits the number of working days specified. In case of doubt, the responsible tax office can ask to prove the number of working days.