HMRC releases most optimistic Self-Assessment expense claims

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Glamorous holidays abroad, luxury watches and Friday nights out all feature in HMRCs latest list of the most outlandish expenses that customers tried to claim back on their 2014-15 Self-Assessment returns. HMRC is releasing the strangest expenses to make sure other customers don’t make similar claims:

  1. Holiday flights to the Caribbean
  2. Luxury watches as Christmas gifts for staff – from a company with no employees
  3. International flights for dental treatment ahead of business meetings
  4. Pet food for a Shih Tzu ‘guard dog’
  5. Armani jeans as protective clothing for painter and decorator
  6. Cost of regular Friday night ‘bonding sessions’ – running into thousands of pounds.
  7. Underwear – for personal use
  8. A garden shed for private use – plus the costs of the space it takes up in the garden
  9. Betting slips
  10. Caravan rental for the Easter weekend.

All of the expenses above were rejected.

Ruth Owen, HMRC Director General of Customer Services, said: Year after year we receive a number of ludicrous expense claims, ranging from international holiday flights to expensive designer clothing, which we would never uphold. Why should the honest taxpayer pick up the bill for others? HMRC will only accept those claims which are genuine, such as legitimate travel expenses or the cost of tools for the job.