Is it possible to claim tax back on professional training in the UK?
Thread poster: Aleksandra Mazur-Bryla

Aleksandra Mazur-Bryla  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 22:26
Member (2011)
English to Polish
Feb 27, 2013

I am a self-employed translator working in the UK. Does anyone know whether it is possible to claim tax back on professional training courses, workshops, seminars etc., on self-development in general (obviously related to translating)?

Any help will be much appreciated.

Thank you


Jana Garnsworthy
Local time: 22:26
Czech to English
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Yes, it is :-) Mar 5, 2013

If the courses, training, seminars etc. are relevant to your existing business, i.e. translation, you can put them down as expenses. However, if you decided to do a course in mechanics to become a mechanic, you couldn't put that down as expenses as it would be acquiring a new skill rather than expanding your existing knowlegde . Although, you could say, if the tax man came to ask, that the course in mechanics is relevant to your existing business because you needed it to brush up on terminology in that field. Basically, if you can make it relevant to your business, should the HMRC pick on you, all will be tickety-booicon_smile.gif

[Edited at 2013-03-05 21:50 GMT]


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