These are maybe the most bizarre expense claims taxpayers included in their tax return forms last year

These are maybe the most bizarre expense claims taxpayers included in their tax return forms last year

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Date27 Jan 2016
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Filling a tax return form has often called the most mind-numbingly boring job in the world. But that doesn’t stop taxpayers from making some funny claims.

With just 4 days to go for taxpayers to submit their 2014/15 tax return, HMRC dug deep and revealed the 5 most funny and bizarre personal tax expense claims taxpayers tried and failed to claim on their self-assessment tax returns last year.

The expenses range from the cost of storing a Mars bars overnight in a fridge to buying a second hand car to get from home to work.

  1. Storing Mars Bars overnight in a fridge.
  2. A pair of flip flops.
  3. Intimate waxing, anyone?
  4. A second hand car to travel from home to work
  5. Money spent on furniture.

While filing your tax form should definitely be at the top of your to-do list, you can’t afford to make outrageous claims. HMRC Director General of Personal Tax, Ruth Owen, has the following advice for what taxpayers can claim against.

“There are a number of items and expenses that people can claim against, such as genuine business costs and items needed to do a job. But a painful beauty regime or the furniture for your own home are not items that every taxpayer in the country should be contributing towards. It’s wrong that a small minority of people expect the honest majority to subsidise their lifestyle and HMRC will never allow for these to be processed as genuine claims.”

Need help?

With less than 4 days to go until the tax return deadline, it’s best to complete your tax return now.  We got some tips on completing a tax return. In case, you are not sure which expenses you can claim on your tax return form you might want to check: Expense allowances for self-employed.

You can also call the HMRC helpline on (0300) 200 3310. But if the idea of making the deadline is making your stomach churn you can give us a call on 020 8303 1287 as we are still taking enquiries. However, whether we can help or not depends on the complexity of your case. 

  • Storing Mars Bars overnight in a fridge.
  • A pair of flip flops.
  • Intimate waxing, anyone?