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Investigation details expenses claimed

El 1
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Investigation details expenses claimed

Postby El 1 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 9:55 pm

Hmrc are looking into my 2014-15 tax return as I didn't declare £39 interest of which I had already paid £9 tax in my savings account. I mistakingly thought I had a tax free isa not a savings account, which I explained to them, but never less had to send them all my accounts bank statements etc for that year.
They have now come back and asked a few extra questions.
I am a freelance makeup artist and hair stylist.
part of my work involves teaching on a makeup course, this is on a freelance contractor rate and is sporadic depending on demand throughout the year.
About a fifth of my work.
I have claimed my travel to and from this place of work, as it is not a permanent regular job, and i need to bring equipment (my makeup kit) with me which is heavy and requires taxis sometimes?
I do paper work /research etc from home, but otherwise my place of work is not fixed,I work in many different studios etc , except those days where I do teach, but as I said I still need to bring my kit with me and am a freelancer there.

Any other general advice regarding anyone's experience being investigated much appreciated
I would love to speak to an advisor, thanks :shock:

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Re: Investigation details expenses claimed

Postby pawncob » Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:55 pm

And your question is?
With a pinch of salt take what I say, but don't exceed your RDA

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Re: Investigation details expenses claimed

Postby bd6759 » Mon Dec 12, 2016 11:59 pm

Travel to a regular place of work might not fall within the terms of allowable travel. 1/5th of your work could mean one day a week, which might make it regular and predicatable. As with everything to do with tax, it all depends on fact and degree. Draw up a summary showing how varied and unpredicable your travel is.

HMRC may want to argue that your teaching business is separate from your make-up/stylng business (hence travel is always to the same place). You will need to show that the two are interconnected and one is just an extension of the other.

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