Our tax experts help you understand and minimise your tax liabilities, so you can rest easy.

Did you know we also specialise in providing expert tax advice for some of the UK’s leading professional athletes? We understand tax planning can be complicated, but we’re here to help give you some clarity.

We even coach the coaches...

Most people are daunted by the prospect of completing a tax return but not only do we take the hassle of completing a tax return away, but we also offer our expert advice on things you may not be aware of. For example, you may have allowable expenses you can claim back, resulting in a repayment come the end of the tax year.

Helping professional sportspeople reach their goals

Professional athletes often incur expenses that they can claim tax relief back on. We help individuals save money and where there have never been previous claims for tax relief, HMRC will allow a newly registered individual to go back and file personal tax returns for up to three years.

We don’t just look after our clients here and now, we also aim to provide clear cut thinking beyond their playing careers. With expert advice on pension plans, investment opportunities and more, we provide additional sources of income for later down the line.

Types of expenses that can be claimed for:

  • Travel for trips to and from matches using their own vehicle/public transport. Athletes cannot claim for travel to and from the training ground as this is classed as their principal place of work.
  • Training kits/accessories which the players have incurred the cost of personally
  • Accounting fees
  • Coaching costs when incurred personally
  • Agent fees when incurred personally (or through payroll)


I have always found Sapphire to be pro-active rather than reactive in their approach to customer service. They are always really flexible to my changing needs and have helped me massively with complex area’s of international taxation. Nothing is ever too much trouble and I’d gladly recommend my friends, family and colleages to Sapphire.

Lee and the team at Sapphire have been looking after our accounts and tax affairs since our incorporation in 2016. Nothing is too much trouble for the Sapphire team, our calls and emails are answered straight away and they have helped streamline our internal finance systems on Xero, giving us faster access to real time numbers and making it easier for us to make strategic decisions.

What I find most refreshing about Sapphire is the wide range of specialisms, from basic payroll to complex business re-structuring there seems to be always someone on hand to help. We have built up trust with Lee & Mark and the team over the past 7 years and we see Sapphire as our finance business partner, not just an external firm of accountants.

Our experienced accountancy team have been working in the accountancy industry for over 30 years, so you can rest assured you’re in good hands. Upon appointing us for your tax return, you will be assigned your very own personal accountant who will be your main point of contact should you have any tax queries. To find out more, contact the team who’ll be glad to help you.

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