starting as a sole trader

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hi im starting as a sole trader and the only question im struggling to find an answer to to is in relation to the cost of the van £4000 (solely business use) do i have to take that out of my personnel savings  before i start (my personel cost not business), or is it classed as a debt to myself to be paid from profits back to myself .or is it better to have a loan for it and then the business pay the loan ? thanks for any help

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  • Jeremy535897Jeremy535897 Forumite
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    If you can afford to buy the van out of savings, that is a lot cheaper than taking out a loan to buy the van, but it is your choice. If the van is wholly used for business, and the business borrows to buy it, any interest on the borrowing reduces your profits for tax. The cost of the van itself can also reduce your taxable profits (capital allowances). I suggest you look at
    https://www.litrg.org.uk/tax-guides/self-employment

    The GOV.UK site should also be looked at. See https://www.gov.uk/working-for-yourself

    In terms of accounting, the van will be an asset of the business. It is represented by your capital in the business, if you buy it out of your savings. It is represented by a loan, if the business borrows to buy it.
  • PennywisePennywise Forumite
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    Money you put in isn't taxable when it is put in and isn't tax relievable when you take it out again - it's neutral for tax.  What that money is spent on will be tax relievable in wholly & exclusively for the business.
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