The self-assessment season has just passed, and when most
of the tax returns are completed, HMRC publish a list of the most ridiculous
expense claims that have been made, as well as the most imaginative excuses for
2018 is no different, and this year we have aliens,
vertigo and vet fees for a rabbit!
The most optimistic expense claims made:
A three-piece suite for my partner to sit on
when I’m doing my accounts.
Birthday drinks at a Glasgow nightclub.
Vet fees for a rabbit.
Hotel room service – for candles and prosecco.
£4.50 for sausage and chips meal expenses for
And the most recent excuses for late filing?
I couldn’t file my return on time as my wife has
been seeing aliens and won’t let me enter the house.
I’ve been far too busy touring the country with
my one-man play.
My ex-wife left my tax return upstairs, but I
suffer from vertigo and can’t go upstairs to retrieve it.
My business doesn’t really do anything.
I spilt coffee on it.
This data related specifically to self-employed persons, however
for SME’s, expenses are a popular area for fraud. Where expenses go unchecked, imaginative
or excessive claims, such as the ones listed above, slip through the net, and
then the costs rise for the business.
to find out how a cloud-based expense management system can stamp out expenses
fraud once and for all.