Tax allowances – What can you claim?

/ Accounting, Tax

Author: Johan Da Silva

Tags: Tax Allowances

With Self-Assessment Tax Return’s due very soon, we thought it was worth reviewing some of the tax allowances that you can claim.

All sole traders are entitled to claim for tax allowances whether they have been trading for many years or just one. Claiming an allowance means that a business can get tax relief on the ‘allowable’ items which commonly include:

  • Travel and motor running expenses – a claim for fuel, parking, repairs, breakdown cover, insurance and servicing. you can only claim for business matters, and any personal travel between home and work, non-business driving costs, speeding or parking fines will not be counted.
  • Household expenses – Can be claimed as a sole trader if you work from home and bills are minor. Any rooms in the house used for business purposes should be kept for business purposes during work hours, although allowing family to use the room after work can avoid you being charged Capital Gains Tax when selling your home. Tax deductible expenses can be cleaning costs, heating, repairs, electricity, water, council tax, mortgage interest and rent.
  • Training courses – Also qualify as an allowable business expense although it must be relevant to your profession or work, and not something related to entering other marketplaces.
  • Tools and equipment – are also tax deductible if the sole trader depends on machinery to do their job, and if maintenance or replacements are needed.
  • Buying or leasing vans and cars – It is also claimable business expenses, and there are three leases available (Hire Purchase, Operating Lease, and Finance Lease).
  • Uniforms’ tax claims – Only possible to be claimed if they are only able to be used for work and not ‘everyday wardrobe.’ Tradesmen costs for protective clothing, and even entertainers for stage costumes can claim tax allowance.

Contact your local AIMS accountant for more information on how to claim tax reliefs and how they relate to your specific circumstances.