Apart from the obvious things that you can expense for tax, like toys, buggies, highchairs etc.
And the percentage of lighting, heating etc described in the NCMA handbook.
Is there anything else that people put down as expenses that maybe new childminders, like me, might not think of?
A friend suggested I could offset the cost of my window cleaner, which I hadn't thought of!!!
Fees for toddlers
Fees for Outings
Shopping (part of cost of whatever mindees use i.e. food, drinks, toilet roll, soap, wipes, anything really as long as mindee uses - you need to work out how much of it they use though - good luck with that )
Mileage - for nursery/school runs, trips out, even for every shopping trip)
Costs of printing brochures/business cards/posters
Sky tv (if have)
Broadband (if have)
I don't think you can put window cleaner expenses though but I may be wrong!
I have an NT card I use it to park in the NT car parks to go and feed the ducks - I add that. Ditto my Kew season ticket.
Also photos you take of the kids - if you print or develop them.
Batteries for toys
carpet cleaning if you need to get them done more frequently. Possibly a cleaner 9if you were too busy to do it yourself - in my dreams I have one )
Mileage, car parking. If you go out YOUR costs as well as the childrens for entrance fees snacks etc.
Broadband - I had a lady from the Inland Revenue who came to visit me and said I could claim this HOWEVER, thinking about it, I may be getting confused as I was talking about my website business aswell and of course that would allow broadband fees.
May be safer to ignore the broadband actually. Sorry for any confusion!
You can only claim the full cost if its clearly solely for business use - eg website hosting/design, business email address. With things like internet connection & ink cartridges that are also used for non-childminding purposes you can only claim a percentage. 50% is a safe option.
mobile phone topups, magazine/newspaper subscriptions, video/dvd hire, logo'd clothing (eg NCMA workwear), wristbands for trips, Childrens' cutlery, crockery, flannels & towels. Spare clothing for kids. Car wash & valeting (especially if you've taken a travel sick child out!).
You can claim petrol for trips without mindies with you if your trip was for business purposes - eg to drop paperwork off at parents or to buy a car seat.