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Is a VPN a Business Expense?

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by homeriscool, Sep 16, 2020 at 5:02 PM.

  1. homeriscool

    homeriscool UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Hi everyone, I work online and I need to use a VPN. Can I claim it back as a business expense?
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 5:02 PM By: homeriscool Member since: Aug 31, 2007
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  2. Scottishgifts4u

    Scottishgifts4u UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I see no reason why not any more than internet access is a business expense.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 5:15 PM By: Scottishgifts4u Member since: Jul 6, 2017
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  3. homeriscool

    homeriscool UKBF Regular Free Member

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    No me neither...but would like to see what you guys think....
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 6:21 PM By: homeriscool Member since: Aug 31, 2007
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  4. jimbof

    jimbof UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Is it being used for the business?
    I'm assuming you're talking about one of these Anonymity VPNs, (hence why you think it is unclear) as opposed to some sort of hosted corporate VPN or similar.
    Out of interest, what kind of business do you find yourself needing a VPN?
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 6:36 PM By: jimbof Member since: Apr 10, 2020
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  5. KM-Tiger

    KM-Tiger UKBF Legend Full Member - Verified Business

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    To cover all bases you should check with your accountant.

    But I would have thought so. It is after all a software service.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 6:40 PM By: KM-Tiger Member since: Aug 10, 2003
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  6. billybob99

    billybob99 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Yes.

    So can a XXXL Papa John's pizza, with sides and a drink.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 6:54 PM By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  7. Scalloway

    Scalloway UKBF Legend Free Member

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    If it's needed for the business then it is an expense that can be set against taxable profit.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 7:40 PM By: Scalloway Member since: Jun 6, 2010
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  8. ecommerce84

    ecommerce84 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    This is where I’ve been going wrong then as I’ve been trying to claim for Domino’s. I’ll head to Papa Johns next time.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 8:17 PM By: ecommerce84 Member since: Feb 24, 2007
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  9. homeriscool

    homeriscool UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Thanks for answering.
    The use of a VPN is genuinely needed for what I am doing.
    I know a few of you maybe a bit baffled why I would need a vpn for an online business. ;)
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 8:40 PM By: homeriscool Member since: Aug 31, 2007
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  10. billybob99

    billybob99 UKBF Regular Free Member

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    We all make mistakes.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 8:40 PM By: billybob99 Member since: Apr 23, 2013
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  11. homeriscool

    homeriscool UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Online marketing.
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 8:41 PM By: homeriscool Member since: Aug 31, 2007
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  12. homeriscool

    homeriscool UKBF Regular Free Member

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    Think I will get a papa johns pizza tomorrow. Thanks for letting me know!
     
    Posted: Sep 16, 2020 at 8:42 PM By: homeriscool Member since: Aug 31, 2007
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  13. Naheed Mir

    Naheed Mir UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    Yes, as if you use your home internet for remote support of customers, or VPN into your company for management purposes/telecommuting, you can claim at least some of the cost as a business expense.
     
    Posted: Sep 19, 2020 at 4:11 PM By: Naheed Mir Member since: Aug 10, 2020
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