Uniform Tax Allowance

If you’re paying to buy, repair or replace your uniform or protective clothing you need for work, you may be due a tax refund from HMRC. You won’t get it automatically, you will need to claim it back by submitting a tax return. You must have proof of your expenditure so it is important to keep any receipts, you can upload them to our amazing app so it is easy for yourself & us as your agent to keep track. We will then put the expense into your tax return to claim back.

How much could I get?

The amount you’re able to claim tax relief on depends on your industry. The standard flat-rate expense allowance for uniform maintenance is £60 (2020/21) – if you’re a basic-rate taxpayer, you can claim 20% of this back, so £12. Higher-rate payers can reclaim £24 (40% of £60). The great thing is your can claim for within the last 4 tax years if you have no done so before.

You are eligible to claim if you fit any of the following.

  • You wear a recognisable uniform that shows you’ve got a certain job, such as a branded T-shirt, nurse or police uniform. Although even plain clothes which you only wear for work may count.
  • Your employer requires you to wear it while you’re working.
  • You have to purchase, clean, repair or replace it yourself. However, you can’t claim if your employer washes your kit, provides facilities to do so (even if you don’t use them) or pays you for doing this maintenance.
  • You paid income tax in the year you are claiming for.

For more information regarding Uniform Tax Allowance please contact one of our Tax Agents here at Rebate My Tax and see how much you can claim back.

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