Self Employed Instructor

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Self Employed Instructor

Postby mr_cellophane » 10 Sep 2010, 4:00pm

If I were to become self employed and contract to one of the various larger companies who provide training for local councils, what could I claim against tax ?
Obviously at least one bicycle and the maintenance of it, but could I claim; general cycle clothes (obviously not full lycra gear), shoes, helmet, lights, a second bike, maintenance tools, etc ? and non-bike stuff; mobile phone, computer, internet, etc

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Re: Self Employed Instructor

Postby adinigel » 18 Sep 2010, 3:15pm

The best person to answer this would be an accountant. Ring a couple of local ones - some will offer a free initial consultation. Things like phone computer etc are likely to be a proportion relating to the split between personal and business use
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Re: Self Employed Instructor

Postby mountainman531 » 22 Sep 2010, 9:45pm

You don't need to employ an accountant, HMRC are very helpful and they run courses to help peopel complete their tax returns and they tell you what expenses you can claim and how to work out the proportion of business use.

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Re: Self Employed Instructor

Postby xpc316e » 23 Sep 2010, 6:17pm

I used to be a self-employed trainer delivering driver training to companies. I used to claim a proportion of all my motoring expenses against tax, along with money for lighting and heating my home office, computer, etc. I found that my accountant used to charge very little, compared to how much he saved me.
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Re: Self Employed Instructor

Postby Steve Kish » 23 Sep 2010, 7:54pm

Self Employed Rule 1 = claim everything!
Self Employed Rule 2 = expect some
Self Employed Rule 3 = get a decent accountant to bridge the gap as much as possible twixt the two!!
Self Employed Rule 4 = under no circumstances do your own self-assesment!!!!

Steve Kish
Self Employed since 1994.

BTW, I love this bit:-
HMRC are very helpful
Old enough to know better but too young to care.