Each year HMRC publishes a list of the most bizarre expense claims they have seen during the tax season.


Sadly, expenses fraud is common place. This can be whether an individual is self employed, or claiming from a business. While many will strive to be honest, there are always those who push the boundaries as far as they can. These claims were specifically made through self assessment in 2018, and were also thankfully, rejected by HMRC;

  1. A carpenter claiming £900 for a 55-inch TV and sound bar to help him price his jobs
  2. £40 on extra woolly underwear, for 5 years
  3. £756 for my pet dog insurance
  4. A music subscription, so I can listen to music while I work
  5. A family holiday to Nigeria


For those who were not able to complete there taxes on time, there have been some even more dubious excuses!

  1. My mother-in-law is a witch and put a curse on me
  2. I’m too short to reach the post box
  3. I was just too busy – my first maid left, my second maid stole from me, and my third maid was very slow to learn
  4. Our junior member of staff registered our client in Self Assessment by mistake because they were not wearing their glasses
  5. My boiler had broken and my fingers were too cold to type


Although these bizarre claims have been made through self assessment, it is just as common to see  questionable expense claims from employees, and keeping an eye on these is imperative to ensure the business is not paying out unnecessarily.

If you would like to find out more about the most effective way to combat expenses fraud, please contact us at meo-business.