Whether you can claim coffee as a business expense depends on the circumstances you bought it. If you buy a coffee on the way into your office every day, then it is probably not a business expense. But if you are out and about, for example visiting clients or making a one-off visit to a supplier, then those coffees would be an allowable business expense.
The general rule is that the cost of travelling to your permanent place of work and any incidental costs cannot be as a business expense when you fill in your tax return. But the costs of travelling to one-off places or a temporary workplace are tax allowable, along with any incidental costs like your coffee.
Read this guide to claiming food expenses to find out more about what you can claim on your tax return.
Friendly Disclaimer: Whilst I am an accountant, I’m not your accountant. The information in this article is legally correct but it is for guidance and information purposes only. Everyone’s situation is different and unique so you’ll need to use your own best judgement when applying the advice that I give to your situation. If you are unsure or have a question be sure to contact a qualified professional because mistakes can result in penalties.
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