Limited Company can Claim the following expenses :

Limited can claim expenses that are wholly exclusively and necessarily incurred in the performance of your duties.Here are some of the main business expenses you can set off against Corporation Tax (unless otherwise stated):

  •  Salaries
  •  Executive pension contributions (via an approved scheme).
  •  Employers’ national insurance contributions (NICs) payable on salaries paid to company employees.
  •  The cost of subsistence while away from your workplace (no claims after 24 months for subsistence the same ‘temporary workplace’).
  •  Accommodation costs when away from normal place of business (although must not exceed 24 months at a ‘temporary workplace’).
  • Travel and parking costs, mileage allowance if using own vehicle of 45p/mile for the first 10,000 miles, and 25p/mile thereafter. 20p/mile rate for bicycles. See our guide to travel expenses.
  •   Training course fees as long as the skills are relevant to the business.
  • Stationary, postage, and printing costs.
  •   Business insurance, such a professional indemnity insurance. See ourguide to insurances you can claim against your company.
  •  Company formation and ongoing costs (e.g. Annual Return fee), although the company formation fee is a ‘capital cost’, and cannot be set off against Corporation Tax.
  •  Telephone and broadband packages (if the contract is in the company name).
  • Mobile and Smartphones (if the contract is in the company name).
  •   The cost of business calls can be reclaimed on a residential phone bill.
  •  Home office costs (a flat £4/week without receipts is allowed by HMRC, or work out a proportion of the household bills).
  •   Computer equipment and software.
  •   Costs of advertising and marketing your business.
  • Business gifts up to £50 per individual are allowable before more complex rules apply.
  •  Incidental overnight expenses of £5/night (£10/night if overseas) can be claimed as a flat rate if you are working away from home.
  •   Authorised bank charges, e.g. standing charges each quarter.
  •   Christmas party exemption for directors and employees of £150 per person per year (you can include your partner or spouse).
  •  Professional fees, such as accountant or solicitor.
  •  A limited number of professional subscriptions, if allowed by HMRC.
  •   Capital allowances (depreciation of assets).
  •  Business magazines and books.
  •  An eye test for employees who use computer equipment.
  •   An annual private health check for employees.
  •   Hire purchase agreements (in the company name).
  •  Company car expenses (benefit in kind charge for private use).

If your contract is caught by IR35 then the only expenses claimable before calculation of the deemed salary are:-

  • 5% of net sales
  • Travel and accommodation expenses
  • Pension contributions
  • Certain professional subscriptions


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