FAQ Guide: Lowering Your Company Tax Bill Legally

Author: Chris Neame BFP FCA CA(ANZ)


Understanding how to maximise deductions is key for small and micro limited company owners in the UK looking to reduce their corporate tax bill legally. Here are some strategic approaches and common queries addressed:


Understanding Deductible Expenses

Q: What types of expenses can be deducted from my corporate tax bill?

A: Deductible expenses include office supplies, business travel, employee salaries, professional fees, rent for business premises, utility bills, home office costs, insurance, marketing, website maintenance, staff training courses, industry subscriptions, cost of goods sold, business finance charges, maintenance of business assets, and vehicle expenses for business use.


Capital Allowances and R&D Relief

Q: How can capital allowances benefit my company?

A: Capital allowances allow you to claim tax relief on tangible assets you’ve purchased for your business use, effectively reducing your taxable profit.


Q: What qualifies for Research and Development (R&D) Relief?

A: R&D Relief is available for projects that seek to achieve an advancement in science or technology. Eligible costs can include staff wages, subcontractor fees, materials, and software.


Documentation and Record-Keeping

Q: What documentation is needed to support expense claims and R&D Relief?

A: For expense claims, keep receipts, invoices, and records of all business transactions. For R&D Relief, maintain detailed records of projects, including objectives, research findings, and expenses.


Seeking Professional Guidance

Q: Is it advisable to seek professional advice for tax deductions?

A: Yes, consulting with a tax advisor can ensure you are maximising deductions according to current laws and HMRC guidelines, helping you navigate complex areas like R&D Relief and capital allowances more effectively.


Record Retention

Q: How long should business expense records be kept?

A: HMRC requires you to keep records for at least 6 years from the end of the last company financial year they relate to. This is essential for audit purposes and to substantiate your tax return claims.



By implementing these tax efficiency strategies and keeping accurate records, small and micro limited company owners can ensure they are only paying the tax that is due while fully leveraging available reliefs and allowances. Remember, while this guide aims to provide valuable insights, consulting with a professional for personalised advice is highly recommended.

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