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been approached by a client who works as a webcam performer

she buys a lot of beauty products and says they are all for work and she needs to look good to get business and views online.

would you allow all of this or make a small disallowance for private use?

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By sphericalaccountants
01st Oct 2020 14:49

We have a client who is an actor. She claimed that the only time she uses makeup is for auditions, awards and performances. She also have regular facial treatments done which she claims that she wouldn't go for if she wasn't an actor.

We agreed to allow 100% hair and makeup expenses as it involved judgement and a sufficient evidence to support our judgement. Client's written confirmation was our evidence.

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By Slim
01st Oct 2020 15:24

i bet that is one interesting client!

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By Crouchy
01st Oct 2020 15:28

LOL

I always try to avoid forming an opinion on clients

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By Red Leader
01st Oct 2020 15:42

Crouchy wrote:

LOL

I always try to avoid forming an opinion on clients

Other than their creditworthiness, of course.
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By Tax Dragon
01st Oct 2020 15:43

How would you determine the small disallowance? Wholly and exclusively means it's all or nothing (for any particular item).

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By John Isabel
01st Oct 2020 16:50

I often tell my clients i want to visit them at work (if they have premises, factories etc) so i can really get a good view of their business since this helps me to advise them properly.

In this case, i think perhaps not. Im not overly squeamish but im not convinced the wife would approve. She doesnt mind me visiting farmers, double glazing manufacturers, etc but she might draw the line here

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By Bobbo
01st Oct 2020 17:00

Surely you could just log in and watch the 'performances' online and get a view of the business there - wife need never know! ;)

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By John Isabel
01st Oct 2020 17:10

Perhaps. I'm still not sure she would be a fan of the idea to be honest. I would get her to watch with me but:
1) That would be a breach of client confidentiality I imagine, as id have to explain my reasons
2) Depending on the general appearance of the performer, and style of content, she might insist I disengage (or she might disengage!)

My approach stems from a client query about resurfacing a concrete area in a yard and tax implications. I now try and visit (larger) premises.

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By Wilson Philips
01st Oct 2020 17:01

I'm not sure that I would want to chase this particular Rabbit down the hole.

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By John Isabel
01st Oct 2020 17:12

That one went over my head first time around, i'll admit

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By Anonymous.
01st Oct 2020 17:13

Does her performance involve activities which would result in her clients looking at her face?

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
01st Oct 2020 18:31

I think you should concentrate on what might constitute "costume".

You may well find the 'real life' and the 'on camera persona' to be quite different and there is a defined and separate set of clothing and makeup etc.

If so, it ought to be fairly simple to work out which is for which, and any dual purpose items you will have to split as normal.

I have come across a couple of 'entertainers' in my time*, and they have been fairly scrupulous with their records and very much running a business for maximum profit.

*stop it

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By John Isabel
01st Oct 2020 21:00

I really think the asterisk is in the wrong place there

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By jonharris999
01st Oct 2020 23:16

There isn't only one way of doing this. (There isn't only one way of performing for a webcam either, but that's another story.)

Possible approaches are:

* % disallowance
* distinguish between types of product which are professional and which 'High Street' - source of the products?
* establish if particular jobs/clients require particular presentation (that could be fun with the client you describe)
* distinguish between days of the week when performing is done and days of the week when admin is done

My experience is that all these approaches and doubtless others too are widely used and satisfy enquiry.

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