The simple answer is yes.
If you wear specialist clothing or a uniform for work then you could be entitled to a tax rebate going back six years and an adjustment to your tax code for future years, bringing down the amount of tax you pay each year.
Occupations that could be entitled to this include but aren’t limited to nursing, police and pilots. A comprehensive list of those that qualify can be found here.
What Am I Claiming For?
This is a good question. First of all, you can’t claim if your uniform is provided for you. In the case of a nurse, for example, they can’t claim for their whites – but they CAN claim for shoes and tights, as these are required items but not provided by the NHS.
You can claim for anything you have to provide for yourself that can be considered a REQUIRED part of your uniform or workwear.
You can also claim if you have to wash your own uniform or workwear and meet the costs out of your own pocket. You don’t qualify for this if your employer takes care of the cleaning, provides cleaning tokens or offers free cleaning facilities (even if you don’t use them). If, however, you are washing your own uniform or workwear, you can claim tax back.
What Am I Claiming?
Assuming you meet the requirements set out above, what you will actually be claiming is flat rate expenses which will be deducted from the tax you pay.
The amount varies depending on your occupation and what year(s) you’re claiming for.
We can assist you in claiming a tax rebate going back for the last six years.