Tax Rebates & Refunds

4 conditions for claiming tax rebates on work uniforms

January 3, 2013
Posted in Tax Rebates — Written by Geoffrey

You may already know that you can claim tax rebates for overpaid income tax, but not a lot of people realise that they may be eligible for other kinds of refunds.

One of these is the cost of washing or maintaining a work uniform. If your employer doesn’t take responsibility for looking after a uniform which you are required to wear for work, or doesn’t reimburse you for the cost of doing it yourself, then a hefty tax rebate could be waiting with your name on it.

However, there are 4 key conditions you must meet in order to claim a tax rebate for your work uniform. You must meet all of the following requirements:

1. Your employer requires you to wear a certain uniform during work hours

2. The uniform is branded or recognisable, and shows that you have a certain type of job (e.g. nurse or police officer). In other words, it isn’t part of your normal clothing, that you would wear every day.

3. You have to cover the costs of cleaning, repairing or replacing the uniform yourself. This means you can’t claim a tax refund if your employer washes the uniform or provides you with free laundry facilities to use.

4. You have paid income tax in the year you are claiming for.

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