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By claiming all appropriate allowances and exemptions you can minimise your tax bill; however, this is not a way of avoiding tax. The rule for claiming expenses is “that an employee or office holder may deduct expenses incurred wholly, exclusively and necessarily in performing their duties”.
This page is a summary of the most common expenses you can claim
The taxman reserves the right to carry out an investigation into your tax return so you must keep all relevant paperwork for at least 5 years after the 31st January deadline of the tax year in question. We may need to see your receipts on occasion to ensure compliance but we will give you 30 days notice of our intention. Receipts should be kept for all the expenses that you claim.
It is important to remember that claiming for expenses that you have not incurred would be viewed by the Inland Revenue as tax avoidance.
Your Employee Liaison Officer will be able to answer specific questions regarding allowable expenses but here are some examples of the most commonly claimed legitimate expenses: