Weird & Wonderful expense claims

Each year HMRC receive a great number of weird & wonderful expense claims, with the end of the 2017/18 tax year comes to the end, in this article we look at some off the weird & wonderful expense claims in which taxpayers have unsuccessfully tried claiming for. We find such expenses continue to get more and more questionable and outlandish year-on-year.

Below is a selection of the weird & wonderful expense claims in which we particularly, some are wonderful good or bad claims from the self-assessment returns of taxpayers nationwide, all of which were later rejected:

  • A three-piece suite for my partner to sit on when I’m doing my accounts;
  • Birthday drinks at a Glasgow nightclub;
  • Vet fees for a rabbit;
  • Hotel room service – for candles and prosecco;
  • £4.50 for sausage and chips meal expenses for 250 days;
  • Luxury holidays;
  • Underwear;
  • Christmas gifts for staff (from a company with no employees)
  • garden shed for private use – plus the costs of the space it takes up in the garden”.

Commenting on the list of weird & wonderful expense claims, HMRC’s director general of customer services, Ruth Owen, stated: “Why should the honest taxpayer pick up the bill for others? HMRC will only accept those claims which are genuine, such as legitimate travel expenses or the cost of tools for the job. Year after year we continue to receive a high number of weird & wonderful expense claims, ranging from international holiday flights to expensive designer clothing.” 1

“It’s clearly unfair to make honest taxpayers pick up the tab for other people’s spurious claims, it’s important to remember HMRC will only accept sincere claims such as legitimate expenses for a job. And they will and do challenge any expenses that don’t appear to be legitimate.” Say’s Tom Lowe – Director of ABS Accountancy Ltd.

If you’re unsure of which expenses are legitimate contact ABS Accountancy TODAY on 01298 808497.

1 Daily Telegraph 24-01-17

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