HMRC releases most optimistic Self Assessment expense claims

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Glamorous holidays abroad, luxury watches and Friday nights out feature in HMRC’s latest list of the most outlandish expenses which customers tried to claim back on their 2014-15 Self Assessment returns. With a week to go until the 31 January deadline, HMRC is releasing the strangest expenses to ensure other customers don’t make similar claims:

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.

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