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Question:

My client tells me that he is a self-employed consultant although I understand he has been working for one client and nobody else and I have doubts over his employment status. Although this is primarily a problem for the engager as a significant amount of my client’s time is spent working from home I am concerned over the deductibility of costs incurred. What are the rules relating to deductible expenses and are there differences between self-employed and employee home workers?

Answer:

The internet and flexible working arrangements are allowing increasing numbers of individuals to work at home so your client’s situation is not unusual. There is a marked difference on the type and level of expenses a self-employed individual can...

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