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14 August 2012
Issue: 4366 / Categories: Forum & Feedback
A client has had to leave his job as a journalist and a legal case is proceeding against him, although his professional costs are being paid for by his employer. An argument has developed over whether these costs should be declared on a self-assessment tax return and whether a deduction might be claimed

My client left his job as a journalist seemingly under something of a cloud. I am not sure what went wrong but he is expecting to go court again soon and the police are involved.

He is clocking up massive legal fees and I found by chance that his former employer has a contractual commitment to settle these costs.

In addition my client was involved with an earlier court case which took place when he was still employed by his former employer and the fees for this were settled by them as well.

Even though his former employer has not entered details of any of the court costs on the forms P11D in respect of the my client’s period of employment I have advised him that he has an obligation to consider the self-assessment implications of this arrangement – in particular whether he...

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