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Uniform tax refund for protective clothing

 

Uniform tax refund for protective clothing…

If you have to wear protective clothing for your job you can normally claim a tax refund for the laundering costs involved in the upkeep of your protective clothing. As an example if you are a construction worker who has to wear high visibility clothing, you can claim for the costs involved in cleaning the high visibility clothing.

HMRC has agreed a flat rate expense amount of £60 per year to meet the cost of laundry without the need for any receipts. A claim is allowable for the last four tax years.

Over the previous four tax years many people have had more than one employer. A claim does not have to be made just for your current employer. The fact that you no longer work for a company does not mean that you cannot claim for the cost of laundry during that employment.

If you think that you could be due a cleaning of uniform tax rebate it is worth knowing that their are other reasons why you could be due a tax rebate. Many people who wear protective clothing have to use their own car, van or public transport to travel to different temporary sites which can mean that you can claim for a mileage or travel tax refund. Tax relief can also be claimed on the cost of tools purchased for work use, for example an Electrician who has to replace broken tools and continually update his tool box.

 

 

 

I have made a tax rebate claim and my tax code has changed. What should I do?

It is common, when making a tax rebate claim for job expenses, that your tax code is adjusted following your claim. For example if you claim a tax rebate for laundering of your uniform with a company logo for the last four tax years you will usually receive a tax refund for the four years and then, so you don’t need to claim every year in the future, your tax code will be increased to take into account the allowance available for washing your uniform, which is currently £60 per year.

The £60 per year allowance does not mean you will get £60 per year back when you make a uniform tax rebate claim, but that you will get tax relief back on this amount, subject to your tax position. When making a tax rebate claim it is important to understand that everyone’s tax position is individual to them and the amount of tax refund received can vary from person to person.

In many cases the tax code which employees will be increased too following a uniform tax rebate claim is 816L. If your code is changed following your claim there is nothing to worry about as this is normal. It is worth checking the value of job expenses that have been put into your tax code when you receive your notice of coding.

In addition to claiming a tax rebate for laundering your uniform it may also be possible to claim a tax refund for many other forms of job expenses, such as business mileage, professional fees, tools and specialist clothing.

For more information on making a tax rebate claim for job expenses visit:

http://www.taxrebateservices.co.uk/

 

I work for the fire service. Can I claim a tax rebate?

 

I work in the fire service, can I claim a tax rebate?

Uniform Tax Rebates for the Fire Service…

There are many trades and professions that have an agreed flat rate expense amount. The flat rate expense agreements are made by HMRC and vary depending on the industry you work in and personal circumstances. The flat rate expense is allowed to cover the cost of laundering a uniform, and is used to increase a tax code resulting in less tax being paid. If you have not claimed any available flat rate expense you can back date a tax refund claim for the flat rate expense for up to four tax years.

If you work in the fire service as a uniformed fire fighter or fire officer you can claim a flat rate expense of £80. If you currently have a tax code of 810L it is almost certain that you are not receiving the allowance in your current tax code. It is therefore possible to claim the allowance for the current tax year and usually the previous four tax years assuming  you have been in the same position in previous tax years.

You can make a claim for a uniform tax rebate here. Tax Rebate Services offers a hassle free and easy use to service which helps many professionals including members of the fire service.

 

 

I am a Chef, can I claim a tax rebate for Chef Whites?

 

Cleaning of Chef Whites Tax Rebate

If you are a chef it is possible to reclaim a laundering of uniform  allowance for the cleaning of your chef whites. If you meet the cost of laundering your chef whites, and your employer does not reimburse you for the cost or provide laundering facilities, you should be able to reclaim a laundering of uniform allowance. A flat rate expense claim for laundering of Chef Whites can be made for the last four tax years starting from the 2008-2009 tax year. When a claim is made and agreed your current tax code can be increased which will mean that you will receive the flat rate expense for laundering of Chef Whites in your tax code. The tax code increase will result in you paying less tax unless your circumstances change and the laundering allowance becomes no longer relevant to you.

As a Chef it is also worth considering tax relief for using your own car for business use for example if you have to travel to different restaurants. It is also possible to reclaim tax relief for the purchase of Knives bought for work purposes which will be covered in the next blog.

I work in the catering industry can I claim for laundering my uniform?

 

Catering Industry Uniform Tax Refunds

Thousands of people work in the catering industry in the UK. Many employees have to wear  a uniform which they have to launder themselves. If your uniform has a company logo on, and the cost of laundering is not met by your employer then a laundering of uniform allowance will generally be allowable. If your employer provides you with work clothing without a logo and or provides laundering facilities, the allowance will not usually be permitted.

If a claim for laundering of uniform is allowable a uniform tax rebate claim can be backdated for the last four tax years. If you had other employment outside the catering industry during the last four tax years, the uniform cleaning allowance can still be claimed if you meet the same set rules.

If your uniform tax refund claim is successful you can receive a tax rebate for the previous four tax years, and have your current tax code adjusted, resulting in you paying less tax in future tax years. Your adjusted tax code will increase your personal allowance which means you should pay less tax. If your circumstances change and you no longer launder you own uniform you should inform HMRC to allow for your tax code to be changed accordingly.

There are other reasons why you may have overpaid tax and could be due a tax rebate.

I work in Retail. Can I claim tax back for washing my uniform?

Many workers in the retail industry wear a uniform whilst doing their job. To qualify for tax relief for laundering your uniform, the uniform must satisfy certain criteria.

What types of uniform qualify for tax relief?

Uniforms which have a company logo or the name of the company clearly visible will generally qualify. The most common items of clothing which bear a company logo or name are shirts, fleeces or trousers, but most other types of clothing are allowable too.

Does your employer supply washing facilities?

Some employers provide facilities for employees to wash their uniform or washing vouchers to cover the cost of laundry. If your employer provides facilities or covers the cost of your laundry you will not usually be entitled to claim tax relief.

Making a uniform tax rebate claim

If you work in retail and you meet the above criteria it will generally be possible for you to make a uniform tax rebate claim for the last four tax years. To claim a uniform tax rebate you will need to work enough hours to pay tax.

When making a uniform tax rebate claim, many people working in the retail industry, especially managers, use their own car to travel to different stores. If you use you car in this way you may be entitled to make a business mileage tax rebate claim.

To see how much tax back you could be due for your business mileage, use our business mileage tax rebate calculator:

http://www.taxrebateservices.co.uk/tax-calculators/business-mileage-calculator.html

 

 

I am a Community Support Officer. Can I claim tax relief for washing my uniform?

Police Community Support Officers Tax Rebate

Community Support Officers are generally entitled to claim flat rate expenses at the same rate as other Police Officers, as their uniforms are almost identical.

Flat rate expenses

The flat rate expense which can be claimed is a nationally agreed amount to cover the cost of cleaning, repair and maintenance of a uniform which you are required to wear for your job. The current flat rate expense amount for Community Support Officers is £140 per year. This means you can earn an extra £140 per year before you start paying tax.

Police tax rebate

If you work as a Community Support Officer and you have not claimed tax relief for laundering your uniform it will generally be possible to make a tax rebate claim for the last four tax years. Following your claim, you will normally not need to claim again as your tax code will usually be altered upwards to allow for the allowance for laundering your uniform, i.e. if your tax code is 810L and you have the flat rate allowance of £140, your tax code will change to 824L.

For more information on making a uniform tax rebate claim visit:

http://www.taxrebateservices.co.uk/factsheets/uniform-tax-rebates-facts.html

If you have to use your own vehicle to travel to different locations to perform your job you may be entitled to claim tax relief for your business mileage.  To see how much tax back you could be due, use our business mileage travel expenses calculator:

http://www.taxrebateservices.co.uk/tax-calculators/business-mileage-calculator.html

 

I am a Police Officer. Can I claim Tax relief for my Police Federation fees?

Police constables, Sergeants, Inspectors and Chief Inspectors often pay for membership of the Police Federation. If you work as a Police Officer and you pay fees into the Police Federation it will generally be possible to claim tax relief on your membership fees.  Metropolitan Police Officers have their subscriptions taken at source from their salary without tax deducted, so there is no need to claim tax relief.

When making a tax rebate claim for your Police Federation membership fees it may also be possible to make a Police tax rebate for laundering and maintaining your uniform.

Police officers and Community Support Officers can generally claim a flat rate expense amount of £140 per year to cover the cost of cleaning and repairing of specialist clothing and equipment required for their job. The flat rate expense is a nationally agreed amount for Police Officers. The flat rate expense for Police Officers can be claimed whether a uniform is worn or not.

Other Police Force employees who wash their own uniform can usually claim a flat rate amount of £60 per year, as long as laundering facilities are not provided by their employer.

To claim a Police tax rebate visit:

http://www.taxrebateservices.co.uk/tax-rebate-form.html

If you use your own vehicle to travel to different locations as part of your job you may also be able to claim tax relief for your business mileage. Use our business mileage travel expenses tax refund calculator to see how much tax back you could be due:

http://www.taxrebateservices.co.uk/tax-calculators/business-mileage-calculator.html

 

I am employed as a Police Officer. Can I claim tax back for my uniform?

The majority of Police personnel who wash their own uniform are eligible to claim tax relief for laundering and maintaining that uniform. Some of the most common roles are listed below:

 

  • Police officers up to and including the rank of Chief Inspector, can usually claim a nationally agreed flat rate expense amount of £140 per year, this is to cover the cost of cleaning and repairing of specialist clothing and equipment required for their job. The flat rate expense for Police Officers can be claimed whether a uniform is worn or not.
  • Community Support Officers are also generally eligible to claim flat rate expenses of £140 per year.
  • Most other Police employees who wash their own uniform can claim a flat rate amount of £60 per year, as long as laundering facilities are not provided by their employer.

 

When making a police tax rebate claim for your uniform it may also be possible to claim tax relief on membership fees into the Police Federation. Metropolitan Police Officers have their subscriptions taken at source from their salary without tax deducted, so there is no need to claim tax relief.

It is currently possible to make a police tax rebate claim for the last four tax years.

To make a police tax rebate claim visit:

http://www.taxrebateservices.co.uk/tax-rebate-form.html

I work as an Air Cabin crew member. Can I claim tax relief for my uniform and personal grooming?

 

Air Cabin Crew Tax Refunds

If you work as air cabin crew or other customer facing roles within the airline industry it is extremely important that a well maintained, neat and tidy image is presented at all times whilst representing your company. If you are provided with a uniform which you have to launder and maintain, you may be entitled to claim Uniform tax relief.

HMRC has agreements in place with many of the airline companies to allow tax relief to be claimed for laundering your work uniform. For example HMRC has currently agreed an amount with Virgin Airways of £400 per tax year to cover the cost of laundering your work uniform. This means you can earn an extra £400 in each tax year before you start paying tax.

It is possible to make a tax rebate claim for laundering your uniform for the last four tax years. Following any tax rebate due for the last four years your tax code will usually alter upwards resulting in you paying less tax in all future years in your profession.

It is generally not possible to make a tax rebate claim for personal grooming expenses such as make up and hair products.

To make an Airline employees tax rebate claim visit:

http://www.taxrebateservices.co.uk/tax-rebate-form.html