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    thought I would air this on the board before embarassing myself with the accountant.

    what are the implications of setting up a home office in the form of a temporary log cabin structure in the back garden ?

    could say, the supply and install cost of approx £4k be a tax deductible expense ?....and could the temporary log cabin be written off over say 5 years ?

    cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeF
    thought I would air this on the board before embarassing myself with the accountant.

    what are the implications of setting up a home office in the form of a temporary log cabin structure in the back garden ?

    could say, the supply and install cost of approx £4k be a tax deductible expense ?....and could the temporary log cabin be written off over say 5 years ?

    cheers
    Probably yes to your question as it could be classed as Capital Expenditure. You might need planning permission as it's for business and you'd have to prove the cabin would not be the subject of constant client visits, traffic visits, noise to the neighbours etc. However, you'll most likely be liable for business rates on the property separate to your council tax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeF
    thought I would air this on the board before embarassing myself with the accountant.

    what are the implications of setting up a home office in the form of a temporary log cabin structure in the back garden ?

    could say, the supply and install cost of approx £4k be a tax deductible expense ?....and could the temporary log cabin be written off over say 5 years ?

    cheers
    cant HMRC claim a portion of house sale proceeds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew_neil_uk
    cant HMRC claim a portion of house sale proceeds?

    thats why I want to put a seprate, detatched and temporary log cabin.

    i am trying to see if I can avoid any right by HMRC....in the hope that a log cabin is not part of the house....but a temporary structure in the garden

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    Can it have swings and a slide. My son would love "office" visits

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lewis
    Can it have swings and a slide. My son would love "office" visits
    You could also try and claim for a new sofa for the office

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    HMRC have just issued a new document about the "capiatal expenditure" and the £2000 limit for claiming back the VAT - didn't read it all but there was something in there about the VAT on building materials being outside of the scope...
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeF
    thats why I want to put a seprate, detatched and temporary log cabin.

    i am trying to see if I can avoid any right by HMRC....in the hope that a log cabin is not part of the house....but a temporary structure in the garden
    It's easy to avoid HMRC having a claim on it. Don't put the capital cost through the business.

    The phrase "cake and eat it" comes to mind.

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    Is a room in the house not available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tim123
    It's easy to avoid HMRC having a claim on it. Don't put the capital cost through the business.

    The phrase "cake and eat it" comes to mind.

    tim
    i don't mind HMRC having a claim on it....but i'm trying to see if they only have a claim on the log cabin......what I'm trying to avoid is them having a claim on the house because there is a cabin in the garden

    if I can find a legal way to have my cake and eat it then why shouldn't I ?

    I don't see why I should volunteer to pay more tax than i have to.

    I could free up a room in the house...but why should I if I am not obligated to ?

    If I can find a way to get a temporary office set up and have it written off in a few years it seems good sense to me.....getting the VAT back would be a bonus....it being a tax deductible makes good sense (rather than to pay 40%)

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