Tax Rebates & Refunds

Sian Williams case highlights the difficulties of claiming tax rebates

March 18, 2010
Posted in Income Tax — Written by The Tax Repayment Agency

Sian Williams in five year tax rebate battle with HMRCIt is a common complaint that dealing with our friends at Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) when it comes to getting a tax rebate of any kind is not exactly plain sailing.

BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams is locked in a five year legal battle with HMRC over a tax rebate on her clothing, haircare and laundry expenditure, which she argues is an integral part of her job as she has to appear presentable on screen.

HM Revenue and Customs argue, however, that:

“The clothing in this case is ordinary everyday clothing, there is nothing about the clothing that restricts the use of any particular outfit only to work, and the appellant has not established that there is any contractual requirement for the expenditure.

“It is not enough for the expense to be relevant to the job, or to be incurred in connection with the duties of the job, or for the expense to put the employee in a position to start work.”

In this case most experts agree that HMRC’s rules are clear and that Miss Williams cannot claim the tax refund. The fact that she has battled for five years over the subject does suggest that it’s not all black and white.

That’s why when it comes to claiming a rebate yourself dealing directly with HMRC may not result in the outcome you wanted – you getting the money owed to you back!

As specialists in obtaining tax rebates on income tax, for mechanics on tools, mileage tax and expenses tax, The Tax Repayment Agency can take the pain of dealing with HM Revenue and Customs away and ensure you get the full tax refund you are due.

If you think you are due a rebate download a claim form here or contact us here and we’ll send one out to you.

3 Comments (Leave comment »)
  1. Can I claim a tax rebate because I wear a uniform. Some of my collegues say so?


    Comment by sarah — March 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

  2. Yes you can claim tax relief @ 100% on uniform purchases. You may also claim £60 relief per year as an allowance to wash your uniform. You may claim a tax rebate for the past 6 years. Further help is available at:

    Comment by Admin — March 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

  3. [...] Imogen Fox, deputy fashion editor for G2, has offered support to BBC Breakfast presenter Sian Williams in her fight to get a tax rebate on her work wardrobe. [...]

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