Wear and Tear Allowance – Save Tax Whilst Sitting Down

When we moved to sunny Saffron Walden there wasn’t a lot of furniture that we kept.  One of the few pieces that made the journey up the M11 was our settee.  This was mainly so we did not have to sit on picnic chairs or bean bags until the new furniture had been delivered. I … Continue reading

Tax Free Medical and Dental Expenses – Attack of the Killer Baby

At four o’clock this morning I was pleasantly dreaming about Orient lifting the LDV vans trophy (us O’s fans don’t have high ambitions) at Wembley stadium when I was violently awoken. Initially I thought that Mrs TTF may have got a bit fruity after reading fifty shades of grey but it was in fact Baby … Continue reading

Childcare Vouchers -The Cost of Education

Time waits for no man….One minute Jabo (My first born) was a helpless bundle of puke and nappies with a cry that a fire engine would be jealous of. The next he is off to preschool at the tender age of two and a quarter. Choosing a preschool isn’t easy. Obviously, as conscientious parents, we … Continue reading

Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC) – Tax and Trainers

I could be described as a binge runner. Once the buckle on my belt needs to go up a notch ( normally after holidays and Christmas) I select an organised run and train hard until race day or until I get injured. Talking of which I have just recovered from a herniated disc in my … Continue reading

Tax Free Mobile Phone – FoneTaxSavings4U

On the way to the office (AKA the fun factory) with DB, my car share buddy, she explained that her mobile phone had been destroyed by her six month old little monkey. It doesn’t appear that Nokias are toddler proof tested so the warranty was no good. My two year old on the other hand … Continue reading

Reimbursement of Business Petrol – Road Tax

Now that I live next to Timbuktu (where is that anyway?) I need to drive to work. My choice of a gas guzzling sports coupe for transport now seems an impractical choice. But no fear because a colleague has also chosen the good life and we are saving the planet by car sharing. Mrs Duracell … Continue reading

Cycle to Work Scheme -Tax Savings on an Olympic Scale

The major message from the Olympics was to inspire a generation. I was therefore motivated to dig my bike out of the shed with the aim of enjoying the countryside that we have recently moved to. My vision of athletically powering around bends was dashed by the merriment of Mrs TTF when she saw me … Continue reading

I’m “Working From Home”

After surgically removing a piece of Lego from my foot for the third time in as many days I announced, through gritted teeth, that it was time to move to a bigger house.   I therefore had to sit down with Mrs TTF and discuss moving from our small mid terrace house in London to a bigger property in Saffron … Continue reading