Personal Expenses

Being self employed, you are able to claim business expenses and set these off against your trading profit.  This will reduce your profit and tax bill.

Allowable Expenses

Tax law says that an expense is allowable for tax if it is incurred ‘wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade’.  If an expense is incurred for more than one purpose, i.e. business as well as personal use, a deduction for any identifiable proportion of the expense which is incurred ‘wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade’ is allowable.  We have set out some of the types of expenditure that may be allowable. It should not be seen as an exhaustive list. What is allowable depends on the facts in each case.

Professional Subscriptions

e.g. MDU, MPS, BMA, GMS, RCGP

These costs are always allowed by the Inland Revenue.

Motor Expenses

Motor expenses can be claimed on a car assuming it is used for the purposes of business.  The expenses have to be apportioned so that only those incurred ‘wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade’ are allowed. 

This can then be applied to the total expenses for the year or period of assessment.  Below is a list of expenses that can be claimed.

  • Petrol and oil
  • Repairs and servicing
  • Insurance
  • Road tax
  • AA/RAC subscription
  • Parking
  • Cleaning
  • Finance interest
     

Other Expenses

Many other types of expenses can be claimed by locums. We provide our locum clients with detailed checklists and advice to ensure that all allowable expenses are claimed.