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What expenses can I claim?

One essential way to achieve maximum tax efficiency is to claim all of the expenses to which you are entitled. Be careful to only claim legitimate items: according to HMRC, expenses must be “wholly and exclusively” for business use.

This is intended to be a comprehensive list of business expenses that can be claimed. However, expenses are a fantastically complicated area of accountancy, and HMRC rulings are numerous. Therefore, this list is not, and can never be exhaustive.


Accountancy  Fixtures and fittings cost Christmas Parties 
Advertising  Food & drink Patent costs
Air fares  Foreign exchange costs Paypal charges
Alternative finance payments  Fuel /Petrol Pension
Annual return fee  Health / medical check Phone calls
Bank charges  Health insurance Postage
Bicycles Hire and rental charges Printing
Business gifts Hotels and bed & breakfasts Professional fees
Business start-up Insurance Travel & subsistence
Car hire Internet Rates
Charitable donations Late tax payment penalties Repairs to equipment
Childcare vouchers Leasing rental  Room Hire
Christmas gifts for staff Legal costs Self Assessment fee
Cleaning Magazines, books & journals Software
Clothing Maintenance Stationery 
Computer consumables Marketing costs Subcontractor costs
Computer equipment Mileage Taxi fares
Computer purchases Motor vehicle expenses Training costs
Conference expenses Motor vehicle purchase Uniform 
Ebay charges Office rental Use of home as office 
Employer's liability insurance Optical expenses Utilities
Staff Entertainment Parking Web space

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