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Accounting help - clinic at home

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by FionaAnne, Apr 2, 2018.

  1. FionaAnne

    FionaAnne Welcome New Poster

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    After 15 years part time domicillary, I have set up a clinic in a room attached to my garage.

    Can anyone with a clinic at home tell me how they account for this please?

    I have never used an accountant as I know enough to be able to do simple accounts and my tax return myself, and would prefer to continue to do this if possible as I have lost most of my domicillary customers (I had to take a year off for cancer treatment prior to opening the clinic) and therefore income is low at present!

    When I was domicillary I claimed mileage as expenses Can anyone advise how I can work out what expenses I can claim for running my clinic? As far as I can find out there are 2 options - one is a flat rate of £10 per month which is ridiculously low, the other is to divide the running costs of the whole house by the number of rooms to get the cost per room, then multiplying that by the hours the room is used.

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks Fiona
  2. Pauline burrell-saward

    Pauline burrell-saward Active Member

    Second option is pretty much ok.

    I have run my clinic from my house for years.

    work out floor acreage, divide that by the garage, don't forget to add loo, and corridors , plus study .

    Then add all your bills elec. gas, insurance, rent, interest on mortage, rates etc. light bulbs loo rolls coffee ( if you offer it to Pts) that will be what you charge yourself as rent . I claim at least £100 month plus extras
    I also charge decorating, floor coverings and some of the front gardening ie baskets

    As long as you are not silly with the amount it will be ok ,I have never had any come back.
  3. FionaAnne

    FionaAnne Welcome New Poster

    Thanks Pauline, that's really helpful.

  4. davidh

    davidh Podiatry Arena Veteran

    A quick shout-out for Accountants. Once you are up and running, look at the possibility of using an Accountant. They can save you quite a bit, and who needs the worry of accounting and wading through tax legislation?
  5. Pauline burrell-saward

    Pauline burrell-saward Active Member

    I totally agree re. accountant. get a good local one, with a good reputation. I was warned I would be audited by the tax office about every 7 years, but because of my good reputation accountant I have never been checked on in 25 years
  6. Catfoot

    Catfoot Well-Known Member

    I also agree that engaging an accountant is the way forward. According to my accountant the tax laws concerning working from home have changed.
    A good accountant should be able to save you his fee in tax reduction, so it is well worth using one.
    They know the intricacies of the tax laws and we don't.
    I've never regretted using one. :)

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