Spectacles - allowable of not?

anniem
anniem Registered Posts: 1,326
What can sole traders/partners claim if they have to have glasses?

Person uses computers all the time and although previously needed long distance now needs varifocal in order to use computers.

Is this allowable?
FMAAT - AAT Licensed Member in Practice - Pewsey, Wiltshire

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  • CPenney
    CPenney Registered Posts: 32 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    I wouldn't have thought so as they're not 'wholly and exclusively' for the use of the business?
  • PGM
    PGM Registered Posts: 1,954
    Only if they can prove they are needed specifically for computer use, and they use a computer for a large amount of their time.

    Make sure the prescription indicates this.
  • CPenney
    CPenney Registered Posts: 32 Regular contributor ⭐ ? ⭐
    Just read somewhere about ltd co expenses that you can sometimes claim fir sight test but not spectacles....
  • Monsoon
    Monsoon FMAAT, AAT Licensed Accountant Posts: 4,071 ? ? ?
    CPenney wrote: »
    Just read somewhere about ltd co expenses that you can sometimes claim fir sight test but not spectacles....

    Agree, except specs are allowable as above if they are required for computer use and the job requires computer use.

    I believe same applies to sole traders, but check the BIM (HMRC business income manual)
  • coojee
    coojee Registered Posts: 794
    Monsoon wrote: »
    Agree, except specs are allowable as above if they are required for computer use and the job requires computer use.

    I believe same applies to sole traders, but check the BIM (HMRC business income manual)

    Does this apply to employees? I have to wear reading glasses for work, it's the only time I use them, can I claim for them?
  • janwal
    janwal Registered Posts: 1,189
    coojee wrote: »
    Does this apply to employees? I have to wear reading glasses for work, it's the only time I use them, can I claim for them?
    I had to start wearing glasses and my firm paid £49 towards my first pair and I can claim for a free eye test every year.
  • anniem
    anniem Registered Posts: 1,326
    Thanks all.

    I've said; claim for sight test but, glasses are not wholly and exclusively for work so disallowable.
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