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  • RE: Employed - property expenses

    Hi, Thank you for replying. This isn’t a hypothetical scenario. I would appreciate context which will aid in the apportionment of excess household expenses. Understanding WHY will support the correctness of the return. Many thanks
  • Employed - property expenses

    Hi, could someone provide some context for the following scenario: Tax payer A - employed (PAYE). Their employer requires them to work from home. They use a spare room which is almost exclusively used for discharging duties of their employment. Under EIM32820 they are unable to claim for council tax, broadband and any unmetered service / cost as it is not wholly and exclusively as a result of their employment. Apportionment also does not apply as these costs would have existed regardless of employment or not. Tax payer B - self employed. The business is based from a spare room which is almost exclusively used for selling goods online. BIM46840 sets out the it is allowable to deduct council tax if other property expenses are deductible. These costs would have existed regardless of self employment or not. Question is: why it is possible to make such deductions as a self employed person but not as an employed person who is required to work from home? This seems to fail the fairness test HMRC are so keen to labour.