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Old 02 April 2005, 05:33   #1
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Here is a question

Is there or does anyone know of a way to offset the cost of a new rib against a business. The current business nature is contracting, or do I have to start some kind of charter business.

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Old 02 April 2005, 05:58   #2
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Old 02 April 2005, 06:15   #3
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Mike, the question has certainly been asked before, and an authoratitive ansewer given by Jon here: http://www.rib.net/forum/showthread....nces#post68652
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Not sure about UK Tax Law but I'm sure it's not too different to here ...

Qualify as a Powerboat Instructor ( PBI)Register as a sole trader with Freelance PBI as your additional occupation.

Buy a RIB as a tool of the trade.

While your income as a PBI will be taxed as additional income to your main job, you should be able to off set the cost of your RIB and associated running costs over 5 years.
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but can you offset the cost of the boat(s) against your total income - or just against the income derived from power instruction ???
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As a sole trader as opposed to a company your income from all sources is all lumped together ie even if you only make a few grand as a PBI it is added to your existing income and taxed at the high rate.

Therefore all allowances are lumped together too.

If you are a business failure as a PBI they will even allow you to off set PBI losses against other income and you could get a tax refund on income tax already paid through your paye job !

They will expect you to be actually instructing though !!!! Zero income declared for PBI work will ( rightly) lead to a visit !!

Health warning !!!!! I am not an accountant !!!!! This is "Pub" advice !

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Read carefully what Jon wrote about BIK - Benefits in Kind!
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Health warning !!!!! I am not an accountant !!!!! This is "Pub" advice !
mmm... thats verrrry interesting.... I'll take some professional advice - and then perhaps we should continue the 'Pub' aspect of the advice in the Hodson Bay - or in the Lakeside Marina some evening....
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Hodson Bay it is !

No probs !

That's what pubs are for !!

Engineers like us talking accountancy !!

Why not tie it in with a test drive on our new Parker Ally Cat !

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I also dont claim to be an expert but it seems to me that if it is a business expense then you can claim it, if not then you are attracting un necassary attention to yourself.
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