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My partner has recently joined a golf club as a golf professional and will be teaching on a self employed basis. What kind of expenses can be set off against his income? So far, I could only think of his PGA golf membership, a proportion of his phone bill, golf clubs possibly ( but not clothes- as they don't count as uniform), any training courses relating to his qualification. He is also buying a car, but I'm not sure he can claim any costs for it, as he would mainly drive it from home to golf club, however he may possibly drive to competitions ocasionally- I assume he could claim fixed rate mileage for those trips. Am I missing anything?

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Psycho
By Wilson Philips
28th Sep 2020 22:08

He will be able to claim his accountant’s fees.

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By Anonymous.
29th Sep 2020 01:43

Never advise friends if you aren't appropriately qualified and certainly don't advise a partner if you value your relationship.

Your post suggests an imperfect understanding of tax law and so reference to someone with the requisite knowledge would be the best option.

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By MiaRez
29th Sep 2020 13:13

Thanks, I have recently become an ACCA member, but I work in a different industry. I don't have the specific experience, but I'd like to think I can assist my partner with his self assessment.

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By Wilson Philips
29th Sep 2020 14:03

MiaRez wrote:

I don't have the specific experience, but I'd like to think I can assist my partner with his self assessment.


That’s little different to :

“I don’t have the specific experience, but I’d like to think I can do my own accounts and tax return.”

Stick to what you know, and let others deal with what you don’t.

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By MiaRez
29th Sep 2020 14:23

Surely that goes against continuous professional development of an accountant, saying "stick to what you know". Surely everyone has learned from professional courses and from experience (obviously not from this forum) and continue to learn throughout their careers.

Thank you
Mia

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By Wilson Philips
29th Sep 2020 15:34

Last time that I looked, Accounting Web was not an approved CPD provider.

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By MiaRez
29th Sep 2020 15:41

Which is why I said not from this forum. I honestly do not understand the attitude on this website. Completely baffled.

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By DJKL
29th Sep 2020 15:56

The attitude is that learning/trying new area really needs supervised/mentored, that is why people do an apprenticeship and then gain post qualification experience alongside someone who hopefully does have experience. When your firm strays into pastures new ,where the ground is uncertain, if need be you have another firm that gives you niche advice- in my case that used to be Johnstone Carmichael.

The danger, as always, is not what you do know but what you do not know you do not know.

I would find a niche firm which is active in the particular market, run through them for a couple of years, pick their brains as time goes by and hopefully you become proficient within the niche without doing any lasting harm.

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By the_drookit_dug
29th Sep 2020 10:38

I don't think PGA subs are an allowable deduction for tax purposes. They're not on HMRC's Approved professional organisations and learned societies (list 3) (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/professional-bodies-approved-...).

Although that's for a deduction against employment income. It might be allowable to deduct them from self-employment income. I'd check if I were you.

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By DJKL
29th Sep 2020 12:53

Golf shoes? Golf Bags? Umbrellas? Balls? Towels? Laundry for towels? Waterproof golf clothes? Travel? Hotels? Subsistence? Caddy costs? Agents? Other professionals assisting his marketing/sponsorships? etc etc

Does he also get to sell things on course?

He likely wants an accountant versed in dealing with individuals involved with the sport. e.g .we used to have a niche with footballers as one of our partners had played as a pro so understood the industry (which led to my footballing claim to fame, transferring a call from Sir Alex)

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By MiaRez
29th Sep 2020 13:09

Thanks, that's really helpful. I have recently qualified as an ACCA and I would like to assist him with this. I do lack the experience with this specific field though, I will try and get more information.
Kind regards
Mia

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
29th Sep 2020 13:36

Mia,

I cant speak for ACCA but under the ICAEW rules a newbie CA cant have obtained a practising certificate so won't be able to act. After all that hard work qualifying you really don't want to get kicked out before you have even started.....

Generally speaking you should not ever undertake work which you you lack experience of. It will end badly for you and for your client.

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By MiaRez
29th Sep 2020 13:46

Hi there, under ACCA this falls under the honorary work exemption
( he is my partner and I am not charging him), so outside the public practice, so no issues there. I don't have the experience in the sports industry, not all together.
Kind regards
Mia

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By DJKL
29th Sep 2020 13:46

The wise words of Clint spring to mind.

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
29th Sep 2020 15:19

@DJKL, some people just know everything and can't be helped from themselves.

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