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    I use my mobile phone primarily for landlord duties - I'd say at least 70%.

    I've had the same iPhone for about 4 years, and am currently just on a PAYG contract. Last tax return I charged 1/12th (e.g. 1 month's) contract charge against my tax return, but I have realised recently I use it more for landlord stuff than I do for personal use.

    However, the phone is getting old and not really fit for purpose. I am keen to upgrade to the iPhone 5 and would probably get this on a contract at about £35 a month (which would also include the cost of the phone, spread over a 2 year contract). How much would be reasonable to claim for tax return purposes?

    Also, what about laptops etc. used for managing the business? I only want to claim what's fair, but also don't want to miss out on allowable expenses.

    Thanks in advance.

    Both the phone and laptop are tax deductible.

    You need to restrict them for personal use.


      So can I use them for personal use at all? Seems ridiculous to have to run two separate machines. Can I apportion costs - e.g. 70% cost of each of them towards the business?



        Yes, you can use them personally.

        Whatever the business use is, you can claim it. If it's 90%, claim 90% - but be prepared to justify it if challenged by HMRC.


          Thank you. How would you go about justifying it, if called to do so? Calls wouldn't be a problem (as can obviously show phone bills pertaining to business), but laptop use much more difficult.


            How many properties do you have in your B2L business. Regards Peter


              Originally posted by Laurasplog View Post
              Thank you. How would you go about justifying it, if called to do so? Calls wouldn't be a problem (as can obviously show phone bills pertaining to business), but laptop use much more difficult.
              If the laptop costs (say) £300, then claiming the maximum is only worth £60 (for a basic rate payer) - so HMRC are likely to get that worried.


                We have four properties (my husband and I), but I do 95% of the administration / phone calls / dealing with tenants. (He does the manual labour!!)

                I am a higher rate tax payer, if that makes a difference.

                Thank you.


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