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  • deeter
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    Sorry! Just double-checking everything in case I incur the wrath of HMRC...

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  • northernladuk
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    Originally posted by TheCyclingProgrammer View Post
    Come on, just apply some common sense..
    Blimey.. TCP getting hot under the collar

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  • TheCyclingProgrammer
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    Originally posted by deeter View Post
    Sorry to necro a thread, but I've seen articles saying the christmas event's relief is ambiguous in the case of single-director companies, and I just wondered what people's thoughts were:

    Business entertaining expenses - what can you claim? - FreeAgent


    Contractors' Questions: Can my limited company fund a Christmas party?
    -> this is kind of true if there are no other employees
    Come on, just apply some common sense.

    If YourCo only has it's directors and no other employees then by definition an event open to all directors is also an event open to all employees.

    The rule in question applies where a company that has additional employees holds an event that is restricted to just the directors and excludes other employees.

    Everything else in the first link is true regarding normal business entertaining expenses. The annual company event is an exception to this general rule.

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  • northernladuk
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    Isn't this made clear in the posts above?

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  • deeter
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    Sorry to necro a thread, but I've seen articles saying the christmas event's relief is ambiguous in the case of single-director companies, and I just wondered what people's thoughts were:

    Business entertaining expenses - what can you claim? - FreeAgent
    If your business has one or more directors, but no other employees, then the issue becomes more difficult.

    HMRC say that the cost of providing entertainment only to directors or partners doesn't qualify for tax relief or a VAT deduction.

    But they also say that if the directors or partners are travelling "away from their normal place of work on a business trip", then any VAT suffered on the cost of travel, accommodation and meals can be reclaimed. The rules for tax relief would mirror this, and this also applies to employees, sole traders, partners, and to subcontractors who are part of the team and treated like employees.
    Contractors' Questions: Can my limited company fund a Christmas party?
    Note also that the event must be open to everyone in your workforce and cannot be a “director only” event;
    -> this is kind of true if there are no other employees

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  • LondonManc
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    Originally posted by ContractorBanking View Post
    For a Director and Co Sec (husband/wife) isn't it £150 per head, so annual bill can come up to £300?
    Your question was answered earlier in the thread

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  • ContractorBanking
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    For a Director and Co Sec (husband/wife) isn't it £150 per head, so annual bill can come up to £300?

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  • Contreras
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    Originally posted by oxon1985 View Post
    Hi, im new to contracting and finding my feet.

    quick question, if i wanted to have a xmas meal with partner (less than £150) i have read i can claim x amount back, do i just get the VAT back? (im registered for FRS) or the whole value?

    do/can i use the company bank card? or personal and expense it?

    thanks in advance
    No. Hector will not stump up the cost of your meal.

    Your company incurs an expense. This reduces the company's profit overall. Less profit means less tax owed.

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  • LondonManc
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    Originally posted by northernladuk View Post
    And people complain about me telling OP's to go ask their accountant
    It could be worse, you could be telling them to ask Lance.

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  • Lance
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    Originally posted by TheCyclingProgrammer View Post
    It would not be business entertainment. OP is not entertaining clients. Their employer is paying for an annual event (Christmas party/meal) for its employee and one guest. It would qualify for a CT deduction so long as its within the limits.
    quite right. My bad. I got confused as I took a client on my staff party earlier in the year.

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