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Expenses, Deductions, Sole Trader Or LTD? (UK)

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Old 02-06-2011, 04:48 AM
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Re: Expenses, Deductions, Sole Trader Or LTD? (UK)

I prefer to remain self-employed unless the business gets very profitable.
I keep all receipts except the ones for the petrol, but I make notes how many miles I have travelled based on the client's post code-hope it is enough. I also print my oyster card reports if I use public transport. It's all recorded in Excel, which makes things easier for calculations. I was also wondering if you deduct lunch expenses at all when working all day outside your office?

Thank you all!!
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:34 AM
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Re: Expenses, Deductions, Sole Trader Or LTD? (UK)

Allow at least 45p per mile as you have to consider 'wear and tear' on your car. If you're working in the 3 cities you've indicated I would claim the travel also. If the lunches are taken in an area away from your base then I would claim those as well. Basically, claim for stuff and HMRC will refute it if necessary. I have every receipt for the last 14 years - I've never been asked to present any of them for checking but that doesn't mean they won't ever want to see them! Another reason to use an accountant is that they know how to present your accounts to HMRC in a professional manner.
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