For the purpose of a uniform tax refund, simply a garment displaying the company logo such as a jacket or polo shirt counts as a uniform.
To be able to claim uniform tax refund, ALL of the following criteria must apply:
You can either claim:
As a basic rule, HMRC estimates that it costs most people £60 per year to maintain their work clothes. On a basic tax rate that means you would be entitled to £12 (20% of £60) back from HMRC.
Higher rate taxpayers get their 40% tax back (£24) and other industries sometimes have different, more specific allowances. The list of jobs with their own rules (see above) is quite extensive, but tends to focus on industries with specific clothing requirements. Fire services, the NHS, certain engineering and construction jobs and many others have allowances higher than £60.
Also remember that the government’s figures won’t necessarily match what you’re actually spending each year. If you spend more than their estimates, then you’ll need to show proof (receipts, etc.) if you want to get back the full amount you’re owed.
Claim your Uniform Tax Refund today.
If you work in one of the following professionals, follow the links to learn more about a uniform tax refund specific to your sector:
One group that shouldn’t need to claim is the armed forces as the cost of maintaining their uniforms are usually dealt with via their tax code.
If you belong to a union for the industry in which you work and pay a membership subscription, fees, or dues, you may be able to:
You are eligible for a union tax rebate if:
You cannot receive a union tax relief if:
The amount you are due back depends on the agreement in place between your union and the tax office. Some agreements allow tax relief on the entire fee but some only allow a percentage.
You can claim tax relief for money for a number of things, such as:
Travel expenses are only allowable for tax purposes if:
Costs included might be heating and lighting costs, insurance, metered water, telephone or internet charges. Where working at home leads to a liability for business rates, this can also be included.
Costs must relate to the specific area of the home used for work. Costs that are the same, whether or not you work at home, cannot be included (ie: mortgage interest, rent, council tax and water rates).
Also excluded are costs that put you, as an employee, in a position to work at home, such as building alterations, furniture or office equipment.
HMRC will accept reimbursements up to £4 per week without the need for supporting paperwork. If reimbursements are to be a higher level, these must be justified and detailed records kept by the employee, be specially agreed with HMRC.
The marriage tax allowance was introduced in April 2015 but many people were not aware of this at the time. Because of this, many couples did not apply for the marriage tax allowance and missed out on a lot of savings. You might very well be due a substantial refund for the most recent years in which you missed out.