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Business expenses guide

All you need to know about business expenses in one guide

This handy guide will help limited companies understand what they’re entitled to claim in business expenses, so you won’t end up paying more tax than you have to.

Business expenses can be claimed whether you’re a contractor, freelancer or small business. One of the many benefits of claiming business expenses is that they’re generally tax deductible against your profits. Effectively, this means that for every pound you spend on expenses, 19p will be deducted from your Corporation Tax liability.

The rules on what you can and cannot claim as business expenses are complicated and vary depending on a number of factors. Perhaps you want to know if you can claim back on energy bills when using your home as an office, or how much you can claim back in expenses from throwing a Christmas party? Find all the answers by downloading our guide.

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Business expenses guide

by Calum Morrison and Laura Hughes

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What you’ll learn

  • How to claim business expenses
  • An in-depth knowledge of what you can claim
  • How to avoid common mistakes
  • How to keep records, and how long for


  • Accountancy fees
  • Accommodation whilst on travel
  • Business mileage
  • Charitable donations
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Christmas party / Events
  • Company formation fees
  • Entertainment
  • Equipment
  • Eyesight test & glasses
  • General office purchases
  • Gifts
  • Medical insurance
  • Pensions
  • Professional subscriptions
  • Salaries
  • Telephones & internet
  • The use of your home as an office
  • Travel & subsistence
  • Training