Under a Week Left to File Your Tax Return, but Don’t Claim These!

With the January 31 deadline for online tax returns just days away, HMRC has released a list of ludicrous expenses that customers tried to claim back on their 2014-15 Self Assessment returns.

Holidays in the Caribbean, Armani jeans for protection while painting and food for a Shih Tzu ‘guard dog’:

  • Holiday flights to the Caribbean
  • Luxury watches as Christmas gifts for staff – from a company with no employees
  • International flights for dental treatment ahead of business meetings
  • Pet food for a Shih Tzu ‘guard dog’
  • Armani jeans as protective clothing for painter and decorator
  • Cost of regular Friday night ‘bonding sessions’ – running into thousands of pounds
  • Underwear – for personal use
  • A garden shed for private use – plus the costs of the space it takes up in the garden
  • Betting slips
  • Caravan rental for the Easter weekend

The expenses above were all rejected but by issuing the list HMRC hope they will deter other taxpayers from making similarly spurious claims.

A reminder the deadline is midnight on Tuesday 31st January 2017. Full details can be found here.