What if you buy personal items on a business credit card or debit card?

Very often business owners make payments from bank accounts attributable to their business in error, for ease or through necessity, however, the individuals concerned must be mindful of the tax implications of such transactions.

 Self Employed and Partnerships

If you’re self-employed then any personal spending is Drawings.

Drawings don’ affect your tax as you pay tax based on your profit.

Company Directors

The most common treat is to post personal expenses to the directors loan account. This is a balance sheet account and shows the balance the director owes to the company or that the company owes the director.

The Directors Loan Account is often cleared with dividends.

Alternatively the personal expenditure could be treated as additional salary or as a benefit in kind.

You can’t reclaim VAT on personal expenditure.

Whatever you do make sure the Directors Loan isn’t overdrawn 9 months after year end or you will pay an additional temporary tax charge.

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