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    I'm doing my paperwork for my 16/17 return. This is the first year I've used a LA - it's a fully managed service so they arrange and pay for repairs on my behalf.

    Anything I list as an expense, I would expect to have an invoice or receipt for. However ... the LA I use submits statements in the following format. The first part of the statement lists money in / money out - so rent, any repair charges and management charges (with VAT listed separately for repairs and management). This gives the total amount I get in my bank account. The second part of the statement is their invoice for the management - so they restate the charge against an invoice number.

    When claiming those repairs as an expense. It it enough that I have the statements on file or should I also ask the LA for copies of the invoices?

    Many thanks,


    I wouldn't worry. If HMRC actually ask for the invoices, then of course, you will have to get them. Unless you are obviously fibbing, they ought to trust you.


      You are actually being charged by the letting agent for the work, not the contractor (who will bill the letting agent).
      So the statements will be all you need.

      It's quite possible the charges to the letting agent are not what they're charging you.
      When I post, I am expressing an opinion - feel free to disagree, I have been wrong before.
      Please don't act on my suggestions without checking with a grown-up (ideally some kind of expert).


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