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Old 14 October 2008, 23:55   #11
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Not sure if you can claim training costs for developing new skills.
Generally not - however, you can claim for developing existing skills, so you do need to make that clear in your claim
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Old 15 October 2008, 02:03   #12
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Your skippering is a contract to provide services. You should therefore have a written contract for each job duly filed. Once signed with a company repeat contracts can be by verbal agreement provided the contract states this. Your contract can state what you are to provide e.g. mobile phone PPE etc then there are no issues with taxman unless the contract states items considered unreasonable. Proportionality of bills e.g. mobile phones, room as office so heating is sometimes questioned but this is a small amount.
Less than 10k earnings self employed you should really try to do yourself
Tax Adviser/accountant - try Euan Macleod at Turnbull Kemp, Tay St, Perth - he will charge you but he saves you money.
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Old 16 October 2008, 14:24   #13
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Not sure if you can claim training costs for developing new skills.

My accountant says I cannot, and Neither can pilots training for licenses.

Here is a link
ttp://business.timesonline.co.uk/tol/business/law/reports/article1878678.ece

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http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/eimanual/EIM01200.htm
The above links both relate to Employment and not Self Employment stricter criteria apply to employed (paye) peeps
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Old 16 October 2008, 15:35   #14
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I claim for courses. Not sure what courses you want to claim but I work onshore and offshore and claim the following:

Offshore Survival and Medical,
Compex course,
any medical courses.

Basically anything that you need to do your job course wise you can claim. You can claim for "office equipment" tables chairs laptops etc.
I think your also allowed a certain amount for entertaining clients.
The 40p per mile for petrol is only for about the first 8000 I think?
A rough guideline is 12 petrol receipt for every 100 miles.
Any PPE you buy I'd claim for, can't see how they can put a limit on how much you spend. A dry suit or decent set of oil skins will set you back a fair bit.

Have fun trying to work it all out!
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Old 16 October 2008, 18:22   #15
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I claim for courses. Not sure what courses you want to claim but I work onshore and offshore and claim the following:

Offshore Survival and Medical,
Compex course,
any medical courses.

Basically anything that you need to do your job course wise you can claim. You can claim for "office equipment" tables chairs laptops etc.
I think your also allowed a certain amount for entertaining clients.
The 40p per mile for petrol is only for about the first 8000 I think?
A rough guideline is 12 petrol receipt for every 100 miles.
Any PPE you buy I'd claim for, can't see how they can put a limit on how much you spend. A dry suit or decent set of oil skins will set you back a fair bit.

Have fun trying to work it all out!
"Entertaining" is specifically disallowed there is no reason why you cannot incur the expenditure but it is not allowable against tax.

The 40p rate is for the first 10000 miles thereafter it is 25p BUT these again are the rates for employees but you could argue that if it is acceptable for employees then it is not an unreasonable amount for the self employed to offset it would be helpful if you filled up with fuel at garages in the area where you are providing the "Service",as some one else has said keep receipts
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Old 17 October 2008, 18:41   #16
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I'm sure you can claim for the likes of a Christmas do or a meal around Christmas time for clients, no different to having a business meeting over a meal?
I'll find out what the exact phrasing was. Doesn't it vary from occupation to occupation?
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