Customers Olympic Tickets

I would like to take my key customers to an Olympic event. What are the tax implications for my business?

1st August 2012

I am afraid business entertainment is not allowable as a deduction against profits. Business entertainment is defined as the provision of free or subsidised hospitality or entertainment. The person being entertained may be a customer, supplier or any other person that is not an employee of the business.

In addition, any expenses ‘incidental’ to the entertainment, such as a train ticket to get them to the event, are not tax deductible either.

And finally, VAT can also not be recovered on business entertainment- although you are unlikely to incur too much VAT.

In future, I would recommend that you discuss the tax deductibility and VAT recoverability with your local TaxAssist Accountant, before actually incurring the expenditure.

By Jo Nockels

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