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If you're an employee or a director you might be able to get tax relief for business expenses you've paid for. These include the cost of professional fees or subscriptions, business travel and subsistence, tools and specialist clothing.
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You can only get tax relief for business expenses you've paid for and if they were for the cost of either:
You can't ask for tax relief if your employer has already reimbursed you for the expense and has agreed a ‘dispensation’ with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
There are several important reliefs that you might be able to get to reduce your tax bill which are listed below. If you think you might be able to get any of the ones listed in this guide you can find out more about them by following the links.
This is not a comprehensive list of all business expenses that you can claim for – you can claim relief for any expenses you had to pay in doing your job and which related only to doing your job.
You may be able to get tax relief for business mileage when you use your own vehicle on business, or for fuel you buy when you use a company car. You can't claim for your normal commuting costs.
You can ask for tax relief for the cost of fees and subscriptions you pay to some approved organisations - but only if you have to pay them, or if it's helpful for your work.
If you have to provide small tools or buy specialist clothing for your work - like a uniform or protective clothing - you may be able to get tax relief for the cost of them.
If you buy something like a filing cabinet or a desk for your work - called capital expenditure - you might be able to get capital allowances to help with the cost.
You may be able to get relief for some household expenses and some travelling costs if you work from home. You might also be able to get capital allowances for capital expenditure.
You may be able to get relief for the cost of business travel - for example if you need to visit a client or go to a temporary workplace. You can also ask for relief for 'subsistence' - the cost of meals and overnight expenses.
There are some special rules or arrangements for certain tax allowances and reliefs, for example if you're:
You can ask for tax relief for your business expenses on your Self Assessment tax return if you have to fill one in. If you don't have to, you can use a form P87 Tax Relief for Expenses of Employment to tell HMRC about the expenses you want to ask for relief for or sometimes you can just call them. Follow the link below to find out more about how you can get tax relief.