UNIFORM TAX REFUNDS
Millions of people go to work every day in the UK wearing some kind of uniform. What most of them don’t know is that, if you’ve ever had to clean or wash uniforms yourself, then you are entitled to some form of tax relief. Yes, you read that correctly. If you have ever washed a t-shirt with so much as a company logo on it, then you can claim uniform tax back.
A lot of people also wear uniforms that they don’t think “counts” as a uniform. At least not in the traditional sense. For example, such as a tie that you might only wear to work. But you can still claim money back for such items. And if you’re confused about what the uniform tax allowance covers and what it doesn’t — we can help. Our experts will always aim to win you back the maximum uniform rebate you’re entitled to. Based on all the clothes you wear to work.
The government won’t just give you a tax rebate for uniforms. Even though you deserve one. They discourage uniform rebates by making it hard to know what to do. But our experts will always try to win back the maximum claim you’re entitled to.
HERE'S HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU'RE ELIGIBLE FOR UNIFORM TAX RELIEF
If you meet all of the following three points, then you’re almost certainly due some kind of tax refund for uniforms:
You have to wear a special type of “work clothing” or protective clothing to go to work.
The laundry, general upkeep and replacement costs come out of your own pocket.
You are currently paying tax on your PAYE wages. Or you have paid tax on your PAYE wages in the last four years.
The rules that affect uniform benefits can differ slightly depending on the work setting and industry you are in. But if you meet the three points above, then it is very likely that you will be owed a HMRC uniform tax rebate.
It’s also important to know that you only get tax relief for repairing, cleaning, or replacing your uniform. You don’t get an allowance for buying the uniform clothes needed for the job.
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HOW MUCH UNIFORM TAX RELIEF CAN I CLAIM?
The amount you can claim back depends on the line of work you are in. For example, healthcare workers can often claim back a good amount: approximately £185 a year. And because HMRC uniform tax rebate claims often stretch back over a four year period, this means that some healthcare workers can have a claim of around £740.
In other job circumstances, where cleaning and hygiene don’t have the same focus, tax relief for washing uniforms can start from around £60 a year.
If it sounds complicated, that’s because the government doesn’t really want you to know how to get your money back. So if you have any questions about your uniform tax situation, just give us a call or a text — or send an email, and we’ll be happy to clear things up. And we can also help you to get the highest uniform washing allowance possible.
DO I NEED RECORDS OR RECEIPTS TO CLAIM MY UNIFORM TAX REFUND?
If you think you’re paying a lot more than most people do on maintaining and repairing your uniform — then, by all means, keep records or receipts when you can.
In most instances, HMRC is actually quite relaxed about the “proof” you need to have. Because it recognises that keeping receipts for laundry would be very difficult to precisely do.
After all, in order to calculate how much you spend on maintaining your uniform, you would need to work out:
- How much washing detergent you spent on only washing your uniform
- How much of your water and electricity bills were spent on uniform upkeep
And more! Because of this, HMRC actually has pre-set flat rates to make things a lot easier.
If you’ve missed out on claiming a uniform rebate over the years, don’t worry. You can claim back for the previous FOUR years
The HMRC has a four-year window of opportunity in which people can seek to claim back a uniform laundry tax rebate. Meaning you can put a claim in — and be reimbursed — for all those times you spent washing and looking after your uniform for the past four years!
It gets better. Not only can you backdate claims, but you can claim for the current tax year, and even for FUTURE years.
YOU CAN ALSO GET UNIFORM TAX RELIEF FOR TOOLS & EQUIPMENT YOU ALREADY OWN - IF YOU USE THEM FOR WORK
For example, lots of builders and mechanics own their own industry-specific tools, vehicles — such as vans — and machines. And because they tend to be very expensive to run and maintain, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to claim money back on their upkeep.
HERE'S HOW TO CLAIM UNIFORM TAX WHEN YOU'RE SELF-EMPLOYED
The uniform tax refund scheme only really applies to people under the PAYE tax return system. But that doesn’t rule out some other way of claiming uniform benefits.
Most self-employed people use Self Assessment tax returns to report their income and outgoings to HMRC. You can declare all of your essential work costs there, and you may be eligible to bring your taxes down with a uniform declaration.
It can be tricky to sort out uniform tax rebates when you’re self-employed, however. That’s why we have a special service designed to help self-employed people looking for their own version of the HMRC uniform tax.
Our experts will be glad to look into this for you. And if you aren’t owed anything, we won’t charge you a penny! We will chase HMRC for you, for FREE.
IF YOU WORK IN ONE OF THESE JOB INDUSTRIES, THEN YOU'RE AUTOMATICALLY ABLE TO CLAIM HMRC UNIFORM TAX
If you work as one of the following professions, you can breathe easy. Claiming your uniform rebate should be a breeze:
• Joiners or Carpenters
• Police Officers
But it should be noted that HMRC does not view all of these professions equally. And they might offer a different flat rate expense allowance depending on what job it is that you have. (For example, HMRC will likely think that a nurse will spend more on laundry than a joiner).
HOW DO I KNOW I HAVEN'T ALREADY RECEIVED A UNIFORM TAX REBATE?
Everyone working under the PAYE scheme in the UK gets a personal allowance by default. This does not normally include adjustments for uniform tax relief. But sometimes adjustments are made, which can include your uniform tax refund allowance.
To find out, take a look at your payslips. If you have not paid anything other than the bog-standard personal allowance, your PAYE codes for each year should look like this:
• Year ending 5 April 2020 — 1250L
• Year ending 5 April 2019 — 1250L
• Year ending 5 April 2018 — 1150L
• Year ending 5 April 2017 — 1100L
So if you see the above codes on your payslips, and if you have personally covered the costs of cleaning and looking after your uniform, tools and so on — you could be owed money.
WHO PAYS FOR MY UNIFORM REBATE?
Not your employer. Not even the HMRC, either. All you’re really doing is getting back money that you’ve earned. That you shouldn’t really have given to HMRC in the first place.
All that will happen if you get a uniform tax rebate is that your employer will deduct less tax from your wages. HMRC directly pays the money back to you. If your claim is successful.
WHAT ELSE CAN I CLAIM A TAX REBATE FOR?
Aside from uniforms and protective clothing, there are all sorts of things that you can claim tax back for. Most people don’t know this, but you can claim money back on a lot more than just uniform. Such as:
Travelling to Temporary Workplaces
That’s where we come in. Our experts will closely study your tax documents to find all the possible ways you could be owed money by HMRC. If you think you could be owed money by the taxman, or would just like us to check — just contact us. We will check for FREE.
LET OUR EXPERTS GET YOUR UNIFORM TAX REFUND OVER TO YOU, HASSLE-FREE AND IN NO TIME AT ALL
Sorting out your own taxes is often time-consuming, boring and hard to do. And because lots of people don’t really know how to do it, they still end up getting underpaid by the taxman.
Our uniform rebate experts won’t let you get short-changed. We will closely look at all of your tax details, in order to win you back the maximum uniform rebate you’re entitled to.
Remember this is the money that you have earned and that you deserve. So if you’re looking for how to claim back uniform tax, look no further. Don’t let your hard-earned wages sit around at HMRC when it could be in your pockets.
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UNIFORM TAX REBATE FAQS - HERE ARE YOUR MOST ASKED QUESTIONS
If your employer makes you wear a uniform, and if you have to wash it yourself, then you should be able to claim uniform tax. You can also claim uniform tax on protective items such as goggles and hardhats, and tools if you bought them for work.
However, lots of people could be eligible for a uniform tax return without even realising it. This is because the government isn’t super-clear in its guidelines as to what it considers ‘uniform’. Meaning you could be owed money by the taxman, even if you don’t think what you wear to work ‘counts’ as a uniform.
In that case, it’s better to check. At Tommy’s Tax, we will check to see if you’re owed a uniform tax rebate for FREE. And it only takes minutes to provide us with the information to check.
If you work for the NHS and have to wash your own uniform, then you should be eligible for a uniform tax rebate. For NHS workers, you can also claim money back for your shoes, and if you wear tights to work. But only if you have to wear a prescribed style or colour (such as black shoes).
You cannot claim NHS uniform tax if your local NHS employer has laundry facilities onsite that you can use.
Ambulance staff on active service normally get the most money. But generally, anyone wearing an NHS uniform will be entitled to a good uniform rebate.
Only nurses and midwives can claim a tax rebate for shoes. They can also claim for replacing socks and underwear. No one else can claim a tax rebate for shoes, socks or underwear.
HMRC don’t allow for tax relief on what they see as ‘everyday clothing’. Because in their eyes, you don’t strictly have to wear those clothes to work.