Business expenses guide

How and what to claim


Business expenses can be claimed whether you’re a contractor, freelancer or small business. One of the many benefits of being self-employed is the ability to claim business expenses to save tax. You can make 20% of your money back on every single business expense that qualifies, saving your company precious pennies.

The rules on what you can and cannot claim as business expenses are complicated and vary depending on a number of factors. Perhaps you want to know if you can claim back on energy bills when using your home as an office, or how much you can claim in expenses from throwing a Christmas party?

This handy guide will help you save money by giving you detailed instructions on exactly what you’re entitled to claim as business expenses and how to go about doing it. You might be surprised to learn about the various business expenses that you never thought you could claim before.

What will you learn?

  • How to claim business expenses
  • An in-depth knowledge of what you can claim
  • How to avoid common mistakes
  • How to keep records, and how long for


  • Accountancy fees
  • Accommodation whilst on travel
  • Business mileage
  • Charitable donations
  • Childcare vouchers
  • Christmas party / Events
  • Company formation fees
  • Entertainment
  • Equipment
  • Eyesight test & glasses
  • General office purchases
  • Gifts
  • Medical insurance
  • Pensions
  • Professional subscriptions
  • Salaries
  • Telephones & internet
  • The use of your home as an office
  • Travel & subsistence
  • Training
Business expenses guideby Calum Morrison, and Laura Hughes Download

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About the Author

Laura Hughes Accountancy Training Manager

After 10 years delivering management and financial accounts in the Marketing industry, Laura began tutoring an AAT course part-time in 2012 and discovered a passion for teaching. AAT and ACCA qualified, with a BSc in Applied Accounting, Laura joined Crunch to oversee our in-house accountancy training, and loves roller skating with with her partner and two kids!

Calum Morrison Crunch Technical Writer

Calum recently came to rest in Brighton having spent the last few years travelling around the world. A qualified and experienced financial journalist with an MA in literature from a Paris University, Calum is charged with turning our accountants’ expert knowledge into prose that even the most innumerate business owner can understand.