One of the best things about being an accountant (yes there are some) is the ability to get up close and personal with some of the best businesses on the planet. What’s not so great is being a messenger for the IRD. Early in my career, I had an incredibly uncomfortable meeting with an elderly gent who just wouldn’t believe it was illegal to claim his glasses and hearing aid, even though he needed them to do his job. It was quite the battle, I can tell you, so instead of boring him with legislation I told him about the court case where a personal trainer was sentenced, to home detention, for claiming running shoes and that even plain clothes police were taxed on their clothing allowance.
Now, I’m not saying it’s fair. Personally, I’m on your side but is there a way around these laws? The answer is advertising. I don’t know how you feel about having your business branding plastered all over your designer jeans but it’s one way to make them tax deductible. Without advertising, most clothes fail under the scrutiny of a ‘brown-trousered’ tax investigator (unless they’re uniforms or health and safety wear). We’d hate you to get caught out so why not quizz yourself to see if you can pick what’s deductible below?
“Life, as a business owner, isn’t perfect but your outfit can be”
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This post well and truly exceeds all limits of dullness, even by Chartered Accountants standards, but Terms and Conditions are a regular part of any great business and I can’t recommend them enough to any of you who haven’t had a chance to get yours sorted yet. That being said, you’ll find our most recent terms and conditions at the following link: Terms and Conditions