If you wear a uniform or protective clothing at work and you have to wash it yourself you may be due a tax refund from HMRC, and if you don’t claim it, you’ll lose it after 4 years.
This typically applies to:
Hospitality & catering
Nurses, doctors, dentists and other healthcare workers
Airline staff / cabin crew / pilots
Public transport (London Underground staff, train conductors, bus drivers)
Engineers & mechanics
Builders / plumbers / carpenters
However any item of clothing with a company logo on it can be claimed for!
How much can I claim?
The amount you can claim depends on your job. If claiming for the full 4 years, the standard rebate for most employees is £48. However for certain professions HMRC has agreed higher allowances. There are numerous calculators online that will inform you how much you are entitled to based on your circumstances.
How do I claim?
There are currently three ways to claim your refund:
- By entering it as a deduction on your Self-Assessment tax return if you already fill one in.
- By phone if you’ve had a successful claim in a previous year and your expenses are less than £1,000.
If you require any more information please contact the office on 0116 242 3400.
Tom Luckett, Accounts & Tax