Can I Claim Rent-a-Room Relief for Income on my Personal Tax Return?

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    I operate my own company from a room in my own home, and charge the company a small amount of rent for the space it uses. Can I claim rent-a-room relief for that income on my personal tax return?

     

    The law says this tax relief can only apply where rent is received from letting ‘furnished accommodation in a residence’, where that residence is the taxpayer’s own home. Although the law doesn’t say that the let room itself must be used purely for residential purposes, that is how the Taxman interprets the law. The Taxman says that letting a room as an office does not qualify for the rent-a-room relief, and he will not budge from that view until a taxpayer wins a case on those grounds. So although the law is silent on the matter of what the let room must be used for, the Taxman is clear that he will not agree to rent-a-room relief for office space.

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