Ahead of the 31 January filling deadline HMRC have released a list of the most outlandish expense claims they saw in 2014/15.

The list includes:

  • 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.


Our site has dedicated sections on what expenses can be claimed by the self employed and directors

HMRC's original article can be found here