Telephone & Internet Business Expenses

Telephone and Internet – What you can expense

Telephone and Internet Expenses – what to claim for?

Business line rental

You can claim business expenses for any phone-line used exclusively for business purposes.

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Dual purpose phone-lines

If you use your home or mobile phone-line for both business and personal calls, you can’t claim for line rental.

This is because there is a dual purpose – the line isn’t used ‘wholly and exclusively’ for business purposes.

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Mobile phone contracts

We usually argue that there is no private element if your ‘free’ minutes are more than sufficient to cover personal use. For info on buying a phone, see M for ‘Mobile Phone’ within our A-Z Expense Guide

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Internet

Your company can claim full tax relief on broadband contracts that are setup in its name, providing the contract is primarily for business use.

If the line is in your personal name, you can only claim a portion of the cost for business use.

Tip: The simplest and most tax-efficient way to claim phone and broadband costs is to set all contracts up in the company name. The company then claims tax relief on calls, line rental and broadband costs.

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Speak with the Experts

For expert advice on telephone and internet expenses, speak to our team on 01825 748308