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    Claiming for TV and Internet

    I rent out a flat and provide a TV licence and internet connection. Please can anyone tell me if I can claim that on expenses for tax purposes and if so, which boxes to enter it into on the UK Property form? Thank you, I would be grateful for some guidance.

    #2
    I would not have thought this would be allowed.

    Basically what you are asking for is a free TV licence and internet.

    If it was allowed then every tenant in the country would be asking their LL to do this for them.

    Or put it another way,
    if you have a HMO and so pay the Council Tax for the property would you expect to claim that as an expense against tax? (Thus getting free CT)

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      #3
      Mmm
      could I get my LL to pay for the utilities and claim it back off his tax?

      You see what I'm saying here.

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        #4
        I would have thought if the flat came with the licence and internet it would be deductible. It's no different than deducting utility bills for HMO or council tax payments on empty properties. If the property is rented with the licence provided then I would assume that there would be increased rent and increased profit. You wouldn't BTW be getting free CT just an income tax reduction.

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          #5
          They would only get back their marginal rate of income tax, not the full amount, so HMRC wouldn't be paying for all of the TV licence.

          One presumes that the rent would be higher to compensate for the cost of the services, so everything should balance (alternatively if you are note raising the rents, you are effectively reducing them).

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            #6
            Surely you should be claiming all costs against your rental income. That included mortgage interest, until the government changed the rules.

            They haven't made any rules on TV licence or internet as far as I know. Yet...

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              #7
              If you are declaring your rental income to hmrc using form SA105 , your cost should be entered in box 29.

              https://www.gov.uk/government/upload...notes-2017.pdf

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                #8
                Originally posted by nukecad View Post
                Or put it another way,
                if you have a HMO and so pay the Council Tax for the property would you expect to claim that as an expense against tax? (Thus getting free CT)
                Yes, of course you would claim the cost.
                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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                  #9
                  Both the TV licence & internet service appear to be being provided wholly & exclusively for the tenants, with no personal use by landlord.

                  I provide t'internet broadband for a student tenancy, have for some 8 years, always claimed. In my opinion that's a valid expense, but I am not HMRC. Ask them!

                  (Student lets with Broadband included is increasingly common..)
                  I am legally unqualified: If you need to rely on advice check it with a suitable authority - eg a solicitor specialising in landlord/tenant law...

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                    #10
                    Thank you all very much for your helpful answers. I may check with HMRC, if I can get through!

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                      #11
                      Never take tax advice from HMRC.
                      If they give you the wrong advice there's no come back and they're hardly a disinterested party (they can use what you tell them against 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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                        #12
                        Originally posted by jpkeates View Post
                        Never take tax advice from HMRC.
                        If they give you the wrong advice there's no come back and they're hardly a disinterested party (they can use what you tell them against you).
                        two thumbs up for this. Be very wary of what they tell you. If there's a dispute, they will simply fall back on what you reported to them and claim that you reported erroneously. I've actually had this happen to me and I only squeezed out of it after some very lengthy and stressful conversations with not one but two "supervisors". Won't make that mistake again.

                        if you want solid advice, find a tax accountant who specialises in property accounts. Their fees are tax-deductable anyway.

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