x

Sign up to our newsletter to get advice and tips on managing your finances.

m We will only use this infomation for the mailing list you have signed up for and will never pass your infomation to any other companies.

Menu Close
0800 901 2488

Call now for free (including mobile)

Debt Calculator - Get the best debt solution

1
v
2
v
3

What is the value of the debt you owe?

Next

How many companies do you owe to?

BackNext

To get free personalised debt advice please fill in the form below

Do you prefer a specific time for a call back?

Back
GDPR has been accepted.By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. Privacy Policy

We can call at a time that suits you

GDPR has been accepted.By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. Privacy Policy
tax rebate work uniform header

Get money back with a tax rebate on your work uniform

When you work in a job with a uniform, you may think it is easier as there are no tough choices about what to wear in a morning. However, the uniform you wear is mandatory and is usually bought, washed and repaired by yourself out of your wages.

There are ways that you may be able to reclaim £100’s for the last five years’ worth of expenses. Whether you have to wear a branded t-shirt/hoodie or you wear a full uniform like a nurse, police officer or pilot, there is a way for you to get a tax rebate on some of the costs of this uniform.

Before continuing you should be aware that you can’t claim for the initial cost of buying the clothes but there are many other instances when you can claim.

You are eligible to claim if all of the following apply:

  • You wear a uniform which is recognisable and that shows you work in a certain role, such as a nurse or police officer.
  • You are required to wear this uniform while you are working
  • You paid income tax in the year you are claiming for
  • You have to purchase, clean, repair or replace it yourself. However, you can’t claim if your employer washes your uniform, provides the facilities to do so or pays you for uniform maintenance.

If you are in the armed forces, the maintenance of your uniform should be dealt with through your tax code. For the police force, this is very much dependent on which force you are part of. Some already claim, some have facilities and others currently have nothing in place.

tax rebate work uniform content

The amount you are able to claim back is dependent on your industry first and foremost. The standard flat rate expense allowance (FREA) for uniform maintenance is currently £60 in 2016/17. As a result of FREA, basic rate taxpayers can claim back £12 a year and higher rate taxpayers can claim £24.

You can also back date your claim for the previous four years, including the current year. So this means that a basic rate taxpayer can claim standard uniform allowance of £60 for 2012-2016.

Once you have registered for this, your tax code will change so you will pay less tax in future to compensate for your uniform costs.

What to be aware of:

  • If your employer has paid back your expenses, you can’t claim tax relief.
  • Some occupations, especially those with specialist uniforms, get a maximum allowance of £140.
  • A higher rate taxpayer will receive £56 a year back on their claim.
  • To get more than the standard payment, you need to prove your annual uniform laundry bill is higher.
  • For any claim to receive tax back on your uniform, you need to fill in a P87 form.

It is easy to claim your tax back on your uniform but dependent on your situation there are different ways to do this. If you are claiming for the first time, you should fill in a P87 form; whereas if you are reclaiming you can ring or fill in the form again.

To find out more about the claiming process and to see what you are eligible to claim, visit Gov.UK’s website.

If you found this article informative and helpful... Please Share!

Leave a comment

Debt Calculator - Get the best debt solution

1
v
2
v
3

What is the value of the debt you owe?

Next

How many companies do you owe to?

BackNext

To get free personalised debt advice please fill in the form below

Do you prefer a specific time for a call back?

Back
GDPR has been accepted.By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. Privacy Policy

Call today to find out how we can help with your debts0800 901 2488

or

Request a call back
GDPR has been accepted.By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website. Privacy Policy