A list of items freelance designers can claim as an expense to their limited company in the UK.

  • Executive pension contributions (via an approved scheme).
  • Employers’ national insurance contributions (NICs) payable on salaries paid to company employees.
  • The cost of subsistence while away from your workplace (no claims after 24 months for subsistence the same ‘temporary workplace’).
  • Accommodation costs when away from normal place of business (although must not exceed 24 months at a ‘temporary workplace’).
  • Travel and parking costs, mileage allowance if using own vehicle of 45p/mile for the first 10,000 miles, and 25p/mile thereafter. 20p/mile rate for bicycles.
  • Training course fees as long as the skills are relevant to the business.
  • Stationery, postage, and printing costs.
  • Business insurance, such a professional indemnity insurance.
  • Company formation and ongoing costs (e.g. Annual Return fee), although the company formation fee is a ‘capital cost’, and cannot be set off against Corporation Tax.
  • Telephone and broadband packages (if the contract is in the company name).
  • Mobile and Smartphones (if the contract is in the company name).
  • The cost of business calls can be reclaimed on a residential phone bill.
  • Home office costs (a flat £4/week without receipts is allowed by HMRC, or work out a proportion of the household bills).
  • Computer equipment and software.
  • Costs of advertising and marketing your business.
  • Business gifts up to £50 per individual are allowable before more complex rules apply.
  • Incidental overnight expenses of £5/night (£10/night if overseas) can be claimed as a flat rate if you are working away from home.
  • Authorised bank charges, e.g. standing charges each quarter.
  • Christmas party exemption for directors and employees of £150 per person per year (you can include your partner or spouse).
  • Professional fees, such as accountant or solicitor.
  • A limited number of professional subscriptions, if allowed by HMRC.
  • Capital allowances (depreciation of assets).
  • Business magazines and books.
  • An eye test for employees who use computer equipment.
  • An annual private health check for employees.
  • Hire purchase agreements (in the company name).
  • Company car expenses (benefit in kind charge for private use).

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