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Self-Employed expenses Rented Accommodation

Self-Employed expenses Rented Accommodation

Hello,

I had a new client come to me yesterday with about 4 tax returns outstanding.

He worked on a Commission-Only Self-employed basis as a Stockbroker in an office in Scotland.   He lives in Kent but rented out a flat in Scotland.   He returned to Kent only 3 times a year for a week at a time to see his family. 

He is asking if he can claim for his flights to/from Scotland and whether he can claim for his rent in Scotland.  (He is not hopeful on either and nor am I).

He worked in Scotland from Nov 2008 to Feb 2013 (he is finishing at the end of next month).

There is no evidence he was organising his business from his home in Kent.

Any help would be most appreciated.

Kind Regards

Jason.

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30th Jan 2013 12:01

I think you're right...

...to be pessimistic.

Your client has clearly been refreshingly honest, which should not go unrewarded.  Does he carry out any work from his flat in Scotland?

Or you could start to look at it another way.  There are certain fiscal benefits to be had from residing in Scotland.  At the moment we're mainly talking prescription charges and university education, but who knows what further goodies will be dangled in front of the Scottish people in order to persuade them to vote the 'right' way in 2014?

Anyone for a couple of pence off basic rate income tax? 

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30th Jan 2013 13:22

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andrew.hyde wrote:

...to be pessimistic.

Your client has clearly been refreshingly honest, which should not go unrewarded.  Does he carry out any work from his flat in Scotland?

Or you could start to look at it another way.  There are certain fiscal benefits to be had from residing in Scotland.  At the moment we're mainly talking prescription charges and university education, but who knows what further goodies will be dangled in front of the Scottish people in order to persuade them to vote the 'right' way in 2014?

Anyone for a couple of pence off basic rate income tax? 

 

I'm sure I read not long ago that they'd already settled on and legislated for the "swing" they are to be allowed in Income Tax... 10% I believe.

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30th Jan 2013 13:58

Thank you for your reply.  No

Thank you for your reply.  No he carried out all tasks at the office. 

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