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Hi, I am working as self- employed and I am trying to reduce

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Hi, I am working as self- employed and I am trying to
reduce my tax bill this year.Can buying gold or shares be
countable as expenses?
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Please advise

What is the nature of your self employment?

Many thanks
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I am working as a minicab driver

Kostadin, thank you for your prompt reply.

Investing in gold and/or shares would not reduce your tax bills these are investments and not an expense, I'm afraid.

What you should consider (if not already done) is putting money into a pension plan as your contributions into a personal pension plan would attract tax relief at your marginal rate of tax. If you are paying tax at 20% then for every £800 you put into a pension plan the tax man will top up with £200 and your pension contribution would become £1,000.

More information on tax relief on pension contributions can be found here



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