What marketing and entertainment expenses can I claim as tax deductible expenses?

You can claim the following as tax deductible marketing and entertainment expenses:

  • advertising in newspapers or directories [online or offline?]
  • bulk mail advertising (mailshots)
  • cost of providing free samples
  • website costs
  • staff entertaining – for example, a staff party, up to £150 per year. Directors are classed as employees for this purpose.
  • providing catering during a training workshop, if you are under a contractual obligation to do so.

You can’t claim for:

  • entertaining clients, suppliers, customers or professional contacts, unless it’s on a quid pro quo basis – such as buying someone lunch in exchange for them giving you the benefit of their knowledge on a specific topic for free.
  • event hospitality.

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