Allowable Training Costs

Ellabobbin Registered Posts: 92 ? ? ?
Good Evening, Having spent a good while googling away, I'm hoping for some clarity. For a self employed person, training costs are allowable if the training updates existing knowledge, but not for new knowledge.. I have a new client, childminder in first year of business. She has attended various courses, some regulatory, some not.... My thinking is: Initial Course aimed at new childminders on 'how to run a childminding business' - not allowable Regulatory courses (eg first aid, child protection) - allowable Subsequent courses on improving her practices - allowable I'd really appreciate any input... Thank you


  • peaman
    peaman Registered Posts: 123 ? ? ?
    My general understanding would agree with everything you said in your post, this is how I have always claimed training costs in the past.
  • T.C.
    T.C. Registered, Tutor Posts: 1,448
    I would say allowable if they are improving her knowledge of her business. I just wouldn't allow if the training was a completely different topic (ie a hairdresser doing a plumbing course).
  • peaman
    peaman Registered Posts: 123 ? ? ?
    As Ellabobbin stated, training/course fees for new knowledge is not allowable, but regulatory training/courses are allowable. I spoke to an inspector many years ago who confirmed this. HMRC's argument is that if you could claim for training for new knowledge then you could claim for university/college fees etc.

    However, the practice I used to work in once claimed several thousand £'s expenses for a client in respect of training courses for new knowledge and he had an inspection and HMRC didn't query the training costs!

    If the expense was not very high I would be tempted to claim the expense, if you make the client aware that if they ever had an inspection HMRC may decide to disallow it.

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