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I have recently started bookkeeping online. I worked in accounts

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I have recently started bookkeeping online. I worked in accounts for many years but had a break from since 2002 so I am rather out of touch with many tax issues. I have a few clients already and notice that although they have both business and personal bank accounts they all appear to be using the business accounts for personal use. Gifts for friends, lunch treats, taxis etc.... There are many such transactions and I am rather confused as to how many of those can be put through the business. They seem to be under the impression that EVERYTHING can! I know this is not the case and I have been doing a bit of research online but it is so time consuming. Any advice on this would be most helpful. If you know of any classes that specifically relate to this I would happily go that route as I think there is a lot to learn and to keep up to date with. Thanks - Rosie

Hello and welcome to the site. Thank you for your question.

You will find most issues are common but there are some issues that are different depending on the nature of work/business.

There is general guidance on what is allowable expense in business. HMRC has guidance notes/helpsheets that I find useful

As a general rule for an expense to be allowable it has to be incurred wholly and exclusively for the performance of the business. This general principle is covered here

Gifts and business entertainment are not allowed as a deduction against profits, see here

Exceptions for small gifts are covered here

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