Any standard deductions allowed for administration expenses?

Any standard deductions allowed for administration expenses?

11:15 AM, 20th May 2022, About 3 months ago 4

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Hi everyone, I would be most grateful if anyone could possibly clarify if there is an agreed standard accounting practice allowance for administrative expenses incurred by landlords that are tax-deductible from profits.

The sorts of administration expenses I am incurring are things such as mobile phone expenses, landline costs, internet contracts and mileage expenses to and from properties.

I appreciate mileage expenses etc will vary as will telephone costs subject to the property portfolio size and location and also the percentage of claimed expenses that are for personal use.

Are there any standard allowances like there are for use of a home office?

Many thanks

Ian



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Tim Rogers

15:15 PM, 20th May 2022, About 3 months ago

You don't indicate if your operating as a company or an individual? Nowadays I'm incorporated and use an accountant as it's getting way too complex for me to be bothered with, (old age creeps on).

However, from memory, all of those you list above are claimable, but more as individual items than under a coverall umbrella. I'm afraid you will need to keep a spreadsheet and receipts incase you get chosen for an inspection.

You may benefit from pulling all the information together and then accessing an accountant for a tutorial as to how to enter it all appropriately. That said, I always found the tax office was very helpful on the phone.

Simon M

17:19 PM, 20th May 2022, About 3 months ago

If you work from home just one day a year you can claim a 'standard' £6/week towards heating etc.

For mileage there's a standard pence per mile rate for fuel & vehicle costs but you must keep a diary record of journeys and distance travelled. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/rates-and-allowances-travel-mileage-and-fuel-allowances

As far as I know everything else has to be for business use only (and retain receipts). For example, if you use the same mobile for personal & letting, you can only claim the cost of the calls not covered by your monthly allowance. If you have 2 mobiles and one is dedicated for letting you can deduct it's cost - but must not then use it for a personal call.

Dennis Forrest View Profile

20:04 PM, 20th May 2022, About 3 months ago

I just claim £26 per annum for each property I let. Works out at only 50p per week to cover phone calls and postage. IMO unlikely to be challenged by HMRC

Cathie View Profile

9:07 AM, 21st May 2022, About 3 months ago

Any expense you claim should be ‘wholly and exclusively’ for the business. So if you claim mileage at 45p a mile going to your property, maybe via the diy store, that is claimable but it you drop into your property on the way to visit your Mum, it is not!

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