The survey of 3,000 people is by Best Western Hotels (which has something called a Business Account Card to flog, so its findings may be a touch on the biased side). It found that workers spend 23 days a year trying to fill out fiddly expenses claim forms, while just over half added that the reason they don’t claim back everything they’re owed is because they often forget to ask for a receipt – or they just mislay it.
Among the items people say they miss out on claiming for the most are small things like coffee and newspapers – the cost of which can add up if you travel enough. And there were also larger costs like hotel bills and room service, while petrol, train tickets and cab fares also made the list (duck islands and moat cleaning failed to get a mention).
We’d imagine cash-strapped business owners would guiltily admit to not always reminding their workers to fill in their forms. The good news, of course, is that having fallen to 3.6% in January, inflation is on its way back down – so paying out expenses claims on everything from coffee to petrol should become a less uncomfortable experience over the next few months.