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    I know that before you could only claim paint, materials etc but has this changed at all with the new rules on replacing furniture etc etc.

    Also would the decorating be tax deductible if it was part of a dry rot treatment which has to be carried out.

    And would this make any difference if it was claimed in the current tax year or the past one

    Phew!

    thanks!

    #2
    AFAIK those things have always been okay to claim against income.
    To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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      #3
      but is it ok to claim the decorator - say to pain the exterior of a whole house for @£1000+ ?

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        #4
        Yeah, I always do.
        To save them chiming in, JPKeates, Theartfullodger, Boletus, Mindthegap, Macromia, Holy Cow & Ted.E.Bear think the opposite of me on almost every subject.

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          #5
          Absolutely. You've incurred the expense; it is a reasonable thing to claim for; you can claim for it.

          You should claim for it in the tax year in which it was completed, as that is presumably what the decorator's invoice will show.
          'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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            #6
            You cannot claim for charging your own labour as an expense against rental income because the tax man says it is still your income .

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              #7
              Originally posted by mind the gap View Post
              You should claim for it in the tax year in which it was completed, as that is presumably what the decorator's invoice will show.
              It depends on which method you use for your tax return.
              If you use the cash basis, it's on invoice.
              If you use the proper basis, you're meant to spread it over the time the work was done (but no one will possibly care for the sums and type of work involved).
              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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                #8
                Originally posted by Gordon999 View Post
                You cannot claim for charging your own labour as an expense against rental income because the tax man says it is still your income .
                I don't think that is what OP was saying, was it?

                And in fact, you could claim, as long as you also declared the income on your own SATR - but it would be a waste of time unless your rental income plus any other earned income came in below the tax threshold...I think!
                'Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation fo the first link on one memorable day'. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

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                  #9
                  If your rental income and expenses records are kept in your left hand , and your right hand does some painting work and charges the left hand for £50 labour expense to do the painting work, it means £50 in rental income in left hand has passed over to right hand and become income from work.

                  So its still your income in your hands and somewhere in the tax rules it says you cannot claim for your own labour.

                  But if your wife does not have any day job, she could do the work and charge you . That situation would be allowable.

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                    #10
                    So would the wife have to give you an invoice ?

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                      #11
                      You have to be able to prove the expense, so you'd want "something".
                      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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