Belfast Telegraph

Flights to the Caribbean, underwear, Armani jeans as protective clothing - HMRC release ludicrous tax return claims

With just a week to go until the 31 January self-assessment tax return deadline - HMRC have released some of the most outlandish expenses customers tried to claim back.

HMRC have released the list that were claimed for in 2014/15 self-assessment returns - which were all rejected.

1.Holiday flights to the Caribbean

2. Luxury watches as Christmas gifts for staff - from a company with no employees

3. International flights for dental treatment ahead of business meetings

4. Pet food for a Shih Tzu ‘guard dog’

5. Armani jeans as protective clothing for painter and decorator 

6. Cost of regular Friday night ‘bonding sessions’ - running into thousands of pounds.

7. Underwear - for personal use

8. A garden shed for private use - plus the costs of the space it takes up in the garden

9. Betting slips

10. Caravan rental for the Easter weekend.

HMRC Director General of Customer Services, Ruth Owen, said:  “Year after year we receive a number of ludicrous expense claims, ranging from international holiday flights to expensive designer clothing, which we would never uphold. Why should the honest taxpayer pick up the bill for others? HMRC will only accept those claims which are genuine, such as legitimate travel expenses or the cost of tools for the job.

“The seven day countdown to the 31 January Self Assessment deadline is now on. Don’t delay and risk a penalty, the time to submit your tax return is now.”

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