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07 May 2019
Issue: 4694 / Categories: Forum & Feedback
Is the cost of a work laptop tax deductible?

My client has agreed to take up employment for a computer software company. At the initial interview the firm’s director explained to her that employees are expected to buy their own laptop computers. The firm will then install its software programs onto the employee’s laptop for their use when developing new products and providing the company’s services to its customers.

The client has asked whether the cost of the laptop can be deducted from her earnings for tax purposes.

It seems to me that she must have the laptop to carry out the duties of her employment but I have a nagging doubt as to whether this is tax deductible. I have not previously acted for a client in such a situation so I should be grateful if Taxation readers can advise on whether there is any way that this cost can be claimed.

Is this scenario normal in the...

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