Showing posts with label expenses. Show all posts
Showing posts with label expenses. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Clothing costs tax deductibility

Our clients often ask if purchase, rental or even cleaning of clothes is an allowable expense for their business when those are used in a business context. Unfortunately, the answer is most often no.

To begin with, only protective clothes or uniforms are allowed (be it their direct cost or their cleaning cost). A TV presenter will therefore be unable to claim the cost of his wardrobe used to go on air, even it it has never left the studio. As a matter of fact BBC Breakfast host Sian Williams lost such a case with HMRC. The taxpayer, claimed deductions for a ‘professional hairdo’, professional clothing and laundry in her 2004/05 tax return and HMRC did not allow the claim. The taxpayer appealed but the judge found for HMRC, arguing that the taxpayer’s clothing was ordinary everyday wear and not restricted to work. It was irrelevant whether or not the clothing was worn when away from work; it was enough that it could be.

In cases where the clothes are protective or clearly branded, ie. cannot be used outside of work, their cost is an allowable expense and accordingly, their cleaning as well. However HMRC has put limits in place as to how much those expenses can be. They even put up a detailed page with a maximum cost one can deduct based of the type of occupation. For example, the armed forces can claim £100 per year whilst a firefighter can claim £80. Whilst for other employees £60 per year that can be claimed by employees in general where they can meet the statutory test outlined below.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Annual Party Tax Considerations

When it comes to dining either employees or clients, you have to be aware of the tax implications. If you dine your employees, it is considered an allowable business expense for the company but a taxable benefit for the employee. Unless the company has put a PAYE Settlement Agreement (PSA) in place those benefits have to be reported on the employee's P11D and the employee will end up paying taxes on those. When you dine clients however, this is considered entertainment and it is therefore not an allowable business expense from a corporation tax standpoint (effectively increasing the tax rate for the company).