Free Work Uniform Tax Rebates
12th September 2013
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Leisure Garment Supplies who provide high quality uniform in all different sizes and colours for fantastic prices have brought this to our attention and have provided us with this information, which could be a bonus for anyone! Leisure Garment Supplies will personalise your uniform with your company logo. 

Don’t waste money on claim firms when you can get your money back for free!

Obviously, there are requirements, as there is with most things and all of these must apply for you to be able to claim.

  •  You must wear a uniform which is recognisable, what shows the company logo or something which shows what profession/job you are in. Although, some reports say that even plain clothes that you only wear for work may also count too! 
  •  Your employer must require you to wear this uniform while working. 
  • You have to pay to clean, replace or repair your uniform yourself.
  •  You cannot claim if your employer pays for your uniform to be cleaned, or provides facilities for you to clean your uniform, they wash it on your behalf or pays you for the services. 
  •  You have paid income tax in the year that you are claiming 
  • You cannot claim if your employer already pays you expenses to clean your uniform

Also, if you're in the Armed Forces as an officer you shouldn't have the need to claim as the cost paid for maintaining your uniform should be dealt with the tax code that you have and your tax-free allowance which will be raised to compensate this. Other services in the forces may already have the services for washing, repairing or replacing their uniform available to them, but you should always read the rules before you try to apply.

We know you're all thinking "how much could I get for claiming" so let us tell you.

The amount you could reclaim will always depend on the industry you are in. For 2013/2014 the standard allowance for spending on your uniform is £60, so this means that taxpayers who pay the basic rate could claim £12 pounds back or in easier terms 20%. Taxpayers who pay the higher rate would be able to claim £24 pounds back and again 40%.

If you're a taxpayer who pays the basic rate and are claiming for the last four years and this year you could claim £60 in total, not only that, once you're registered in the future you will also be taxed less!

Also, some occupations do have more specific limits on allowances, with the maximum of £140 because of specialist uniforms most of the time. This means if you're a taxpayer paying a high rate you would get £56 for each year you claim for! If you would like to check to make sure your occupation is listed, click here.

There's only one way that you could get more than the standard payment. And that is to have proof that you spend more on your uniform, meaning your bill is higher. The best thing to do is to speak to the tax office for this.

Now you're wondering how you could claim back, and itâs fairly simple!

If this is your first time claiming or you paid out more than £1000 you would need to claim by post. Doing this you will need to send your letter to the tax office.

HM Revenue & Customs
Pay As You Earn
L75 1WX

Your letter should include:

  • Employer's name, address and your dates of employment from the past four year.
  • Your occupation, job title/role and industry sector 
  • Details of cleaning services that your employer has provided, if there is any. 
  • Details if there's any payments or vouchers made by your employer in which they have covered any of the costs.
  •  The reason why your uniform cannot be worn while not at work, such as if there's a company logo or it's a police uniform etc. 
  • To say whether you want a cheque or the money deducted from the current year's tax. 

To speed things up write "repayment claim" on the envelope.It may take around five weeks to process the claim.

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