You are allowed to claim any expenses which are “wholly, exclusively and necessarily” incurred in the conduct of your trade and profession, so, in effect, all business related expenses.
Unfortunately there is no such thing as a tax-free lunch, and no tax or VAT is reclaimable on entertainment costs.
You cannot claim round sum allowances, and you must retain evidence of any expense you wish to claim.
In the old days this was a popular way of claiming additional tax relief by putting your car running costs through the business. However there are associated costs now with running a car through your business, so we would have to make an assessment of that on your behalf, dependent on your own individual circumstances.
Again, this was a popular way of reducing tax in another era, but is much more closely scrutinised these days. We would need to look at each case on its own merits and advise accordingly (unless of course your spouse does indeed work full or part-time for your business, in which case there is no problem in paying a salary).
These registrations will normally be in place around 4-6 weeks after company registration.
Yes you can, you can start work while waiting for the appropriate registrations to come through.
If you have been claiming unemployment benefit, you need to sign-off and ask for a P45 from the Unemployment Benefit office. If you have not been claiming benefit you need to provide us with the P45 from your most recent employment, even if that was some time ago. If you have neither of these, we can still get you started, so don’t worry!
Assuming you have the right to work in the UK (e.g. EC citizen; British descendant) then the main issue is that you will not have a National Insurance number or a previous tax history. We can complete the relevant paperwork to create a tax record for you, however you will have to personally obtain a national insurance number as this cannot be done on your behalf. You need to contact your local Inland Revenue office to do this – full guidance will be given if this is relevant to you.