Can bloggers claim clothes as a business expense?

CAN FASHION BLOGGERS CLAIM CLOTHES AS A BUSINESS EXPENSE | Easy As VAT | UK financial coach for female business owners

Recently, I've noticed some comments on blogs along the lines of "Being a blogger/YouTuber is great, I can claim my hauls as a business expense."

And I just want to clear this up.

No, you can't claim clothes as a business expense, even if they're for blogging purposes.

Here's why.

When you claim a business expense on your tax return, you need to remember this one rule: tax can only be deducted on expenses which are "wholly and exclusively for the purposes of the trade".

This means that clothes that you buy to wear? Not reclaimable.

If you buy clothes for a haul and wear them (which you are presumably going to do), they aren't wholly and exclusively for the purposes of your business, because you're also using them to clothe yourself so you can, you know, stay warm and go about your day without being arrested for public indecency.

Look, I know that this isn't what you want to hear. I know that you probably know someone who charges pretty much everything they can to their business account. Good for them.

But I would never want to give you information that could get you into trouble.

And if you're claiming things you shouldn't be and HMRC find out, you could be on the end of a fine, which I don't want to happen to you.

So I hope that clears this up - and sorry if it wasn't what you were hoping to read! But it's important that you're in the loop so you can continue running your blogging business successfully.


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