Commercially, I have done this...Its all about making your best endevours to prove your case. Dont put in claim after claim, only to have to refund all of it because you were wrong.
If in doubt, find out.
If the boat is passed as a capital asset you will be allowed to certain commercial benefits. Depreciation running costs, maintenance, improvements associated equipment etc.etc etc.Depending on your declaration of use. The more you spend on the boat, the less tax you pay. Oh so you're sitting up now!
Of course if you use it personally , or, it is avaialable for you to use, you are recieving benefits in Kind. That is personal tax issue. Have evidence of your 'other' personal boat and running costs to disprove this. If you can, prove that you have a domestic boat ( or part share even) and that you have receipts for running that boat. You have a stronger case.
Keep a running log for your commercial boat and that way you can prove what you spent where it went and the reason for it. Do it at the time though.
Historical records of detail are hard to discredit and for the costs you recover its well worth wielding the pen.
If the company boat is not stored at home thats part of the problem solved. You can, accademically prove that the company provides its own storage. Rent a garage from the council, at 5 quid a week its worth it. Or keep it in a marina send the marina a letter (keep a copy ) instructing them that on no account is the boat to be released other than for business.
For a large boat, the company may use the boat as an office, it would need phones fax etc.
Navigation equipment and fuel would be struck out, but depreciation berthing and upkeep would be allowed.
Otherwise if you can demonstrate that in you're line of business it is a tool. Perhaps your workmanship is on display and people have used your services because of this.
If your company take's it to events and runs it about in front of the crowds with the company name down the side.Then it is a marketing overhead. One company wrote the their name ALL the way down the side of its 72ft canal boat. Probably just for the photo shoot. a picture on the office wall for the tax mans benefit. Some Narrows I have seen just put it on a plaque.
All costs incurred in the latter two are recoverable.
Neither take you into chartering or commercial territory
You even could become beneficiaries of a trust, and use the trusts assets anonymously.
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