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27th Apr 2011
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In September 2009, former finance director Mark Telford set up on his own as a sole practitioner working from home in Kent.

As part of his preparations, he created a website and joined networks like LinkedIn. All sensible ways to build a client base. But when he posted about a straightforward “use of home as office” calculation spreadsheet in the LinkedIn Business Group, he set off a minor feeding frenzy.

More than 230 contacts requested the spreadsheet.

“I’m sick and tired of seeing discussions [on LinkedIn] which are trying a hard sell,” Telford said. “By offering information for free, I managed to engage with potential clients and have what you could call a ‘warm referral’ for future work.

Telford had concocted the calculator to deal with his own situation, but quickly realised there would be others in the same boat. “I had completely underestimated the amount I could reasonably claim as business expenses. For a long time, it was widely accepted that individuals could charge a nominal £2 per week [rising to £3 a week from August 2009) as a notional tax deductible expense in respect of using a room within their home for business,” he said.

But HMRC’s scale rate is designed for individuals who might write up their books and raise invoices once a week. “What about those people who work from home two, three or more days a week?” Telford asked.

 “Rather than raise the issue referring to tax legislation and accounting jargon I decided to use a straight forward practical approach in a format most people could follow.”

Telford’s spreadsheet is a relatively quick way to get an idea of the amounts you could reclaim.  “Bear in mind there is so much more to costs that can be claimed for as a sole trader, business or employee working from home,” he said.

Is the calculator something he could sell?

“Probably not. It’s too basic and it’s not definitive. To get the maximum benefit users really need to speak to an accountant, hopefully me, who can try to maximise on their tax savings and not just go through the motions of preparing a set of accounts for a tax return.”

If you would like a copy of Mark's home use tax calculator, email your request to him via Info [at] telfordassociates.com.

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By telfordaca
29th Apr 2011 14:20

Can I have a copy?

Thank you for all the interest shown by everyone.

Just to confirm, I will send a copy to everyone who would like to see it. 

Thanks

Mark

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By Stephanie Pettitt
11th Feb 2012 14:15

Hello Mark,

 

Please could I have a copy of your spreadsheet? Thank you.

 

With kind regards,

 

Stephanie

 

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By rochgood.co.uk
28th Aug 2012 18:16

working from home spreadsheet

i would be very grateful if you would let me have a copy

 

Many thanks

 

Paul Rochman

[email protected]

 

 

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By SouthEssex
03rd May 2011 09:05

working from home excel spreadsheet

I would like a copy of the working from home spreadsheet.

Please let me know how I can download it.

 

Thank you.

 

Martin Wilkins FCCA

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By jcurbishley
06th May 2011 08:34

Copy for me too please.

Hi Mark

Please send me a copy.

Thank you very much.

Jenny

 

 

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By telfordaca
06th May 2011 13:25

E-mail address

Hi Jenny

 

Can you send me your e-mail address.

 

Thanks

 

Mark 

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By lindaward
09th May 2011 15:03

Spreadsheet

 Hi Mark,

 Could I please have a copy of your spreadsheet too.

 Like yourself I work from home and costs incurred are quite vast in comparison to the allowance.

 Thank you,

 Linda

 [email protected]

 

 

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By RahulD
09th May 2011 15:53

Spreadsheet request

Hi Mark,

Can I please also request a copy. My e-mail address is rahul_desai[email protected].

Kind regards,

 

Rahul Desai

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By thomask1
11th May 2011 11:39

Home use Spreadsheet request

Hi Mark,

I'd would like to receive your spreadsheet - [email protected].

Many thanks

Kevin

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By Choccie
11th May 2011 19:57

Spreadsheet

Hi Mark,

Could I request a copy please. [email protected]

Many thanks

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Accountancy, taxation
By ACCOUNTWRYTELTD
13th May 2011 12:48

SPREADSHEET

Hi

Could I have a copy please? [email protected]

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By el simon
26th May 2011 11:38

use of home spreadsheet

me too please!

copy to [email protected]

many thanks

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By cwilson
30th Jun 2011 12:03

And me as well, please

Email: [email protected]

 

Many thanks,

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Morph
By kevinringer
13th Jul 2011 17:51

Hi Mark

I'd be grateful if you would send one to me too please, [email protected]. Thanks

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By Homeworker
22nd Jul 2011 12:30

Lifesaver?

I have just spent 20 minutes scrolling through the many sites advising on this to try to find a definite answer.  Would love to have a copy of your spreadsheet too please!

[email protected]

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By telfordaca
19th Aug 2011 00:54

Kent accountants using Xero

Does anyone else want a copy?

 

If so, please contact me via the website:

 

 

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By JWBKK
04th Jan 2012 15:05

Use of home spreadsheet

Hi Mark

Please could you e-mail across your spreadsheet to [email protected].

Many thanks

Janet Whalley

 

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By stratty
27th Jan 2012 12:13

Spreadsheet

Can you send me the spreadsheet please?

[email protected]

Nice one :o)

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By sue.hill
27th Jan 2012 13:34

Me too!

[email protected]

 

Thanks

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By lrhem
27th Jan 2012 15:45

Yes Please!

I would be grateful if you could send me a copy too please to :

[email protected]

Thank you.

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By Lilian Arnold
27th Jan 2012 16:55

Me too please

Would love a copy thanks

[email protected]

 

Much appreciated

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By davefish
28th Jan 2012 09:43

..and me please

Muh appreciated.

 

[email protected]

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By angusbruce
29th Jan 2012 19:28

..if its not too late

would be very much appreciated if you could send to me too.

 

Many thanks

[email protected]

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By louise.fletcher
01st Feb 2012 11:34

me too please
would be very much appreciated if you could send to me too. [email protected]
Thank you

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By RALH
07th Feb 2012 14:45

I would appreciate one too...

Thank you in advance. Email to [email protected] please.

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By rjwaberuk
09th Feb 2012 16:05

Spreadsheet - still available?

If still available - can I have a copy of the spreadsheet please?

[email protected]

Thank you..

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By Bloodyoshi
15th May 2012 22:33

The well recommended spreadsheet

Hello Mark,

After an interesting read, could I always request a copy to be sent to myself as well if not too late?

Thank you very much

Tom

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By david2211
22nd May 2012 09:13

Mark,

 

Please email a copy of the spreadsheet to me if still possible.

David

[email protected]

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By TB
22nd May 2012 09:20

Hello Mark,

Is it possible to request a copy of your spreadsheet?

If it is please email one to [email protected]

Thank you.

TB

 

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By daymar
28th May 2012 11:48

Request

Good morning Mark - may I have a copy of the spreadsheet please ?

 

Thank you in advance - [email protected]

 

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By JuliaOxlade
28th May 2012 12:32

Hello Mark

Please may I have a copy of the spreadsheet?

Many thanks

[email protected]

 

 

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By nickpeplow
28th May 2012 15:22

us eof home
Hi Mark,
Please may I have a copy of the spreadsheet.
[email protected]

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By Andrew1946
28th May 2012 15:34

Use of Home

Hi Mark,

 

For fear of  over burdening you, I would also appreciate having a copy of your spreadsheet

 

Many Thanks in anticipation

 

Nigel

 

[email protected]

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By mhorsnell
28th May 2012 17:20

Use of Home

hi

Please may I have a copy of the spreadsheet.

 

[email protected]

 

thanks

 

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By lynn2603
28th May 2012 19:49

spreadsheet

Please could i have a copy

[email protected]

Thank you

Lynn

 

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By coolderry007
29th May 2012 12:22

Use of home spreadsheet

Hi Mark,

I would be grateful if you would forward me a copy

[email protected]

Many thanks

Brendan

 

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By [email protected]
30th May 2012 13:42

Spreadsheet

May I have a copy of this spreadsheet, sound like it would ease a lot of unnecessary stress!

[email protected]

Thank you Sam

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Man of Kent
By Kent accountant
23rd Jan 2017 14:54

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By atulthakrar
01st Jun 2012 14:01

spreadsheet

Dear Mark

Please can I also have a copy of the spreadsheet. Thanks in advance .

Atul Thakrar

[email protected]

 

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By Suntree
04th Jun 2012 23:42

Spreadsheet

Hello Mark,

I would appreciate if you could email me  the spreadsheet as well?

[email protected]

 

 

 

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By haroldsteptoe
07th Jun 2012 09:54

Spreadsheet

Hi Mark, a popular rolling request...I would also really appreciate a copy of the spreadsheet

[email protected]

Thanks

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By maureen
10th Jun 2012 11:41

spreadsheet

Hi Mark

Would appreciate copy of spreadsheet.

 

[email protected]

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By vicadm
30th Jul 2012 11:24

spreadsheet

Me too please (hope that you aren't bored by now...)

debbie[at]vicarageaccounts.co.uk

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By keyson2004
30th Jul 2012 12:48

Spreadsheet

Mark,

Would be grateful for a copy of your Spreadsheet.

cdickson(at)btinternet.com

Many Thanks,

 

Clyde

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By chancewind
31st Jul 2012 06:29

spreadsheet

Hi Mark

 

Could i also bother you with a copy of your spread sheet.  Many thanks

[email protected]

 

Holly

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By John888
01st Aug 2012 18:02

Spreadsheet

Hi Mark

 

Please send me a copy of your spreadsheet.

 

[email protected]

 

Many thanks

 

John

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By lauren69
21st Aug 2012 22:12

home as office spreadsheet

Mark

If this is still live can you please email me a copy of your spreadsheet? Thanks 

 

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By Freshman
13th Sep 2012 08:17

Working from home

Hi there

 

could I please also have a copy

Thanks

 

Karen

[email protected]

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By ilico
31st Dec 2012 12:14

Me please

I'd like a copy of your spreadsheet if available

[email protected]

 

Thank you

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By csmith8757
29th Jan 2013 22:35

Working from home
I'd like a copy if possible.

[email protected]

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