Do you have a uniform or work clothes that you have to wear to work? Then you can make your uniform act as a source of tax refund.
The HMRC allows a set amount of tax refund for the maintenance of the work uniform. It includes anything from a simple t-shirt to an elaborate uniform like that of a policeman or a nurse.
In order to be eligible for the tax refund, you have to qualify in all the following criteria.
- You must wear a recognizable uniform for work that is unsuitable for any other place or occasion. It might or might not have a logo.
- You have to wear the uniform while you are on the job, working.
- You have to pay for the upkeep of the uniform and replace with your money when required. If your employer pays you an allowance for this, then you do not qualify for the refund, even if you do not take the allowance.
- You have not defaulted on your income tax in the years for which you are claiming the refund.
Now comes the most important question- how much can you expect?
It depends on the industry you are associated with and the tax that you pay. The standard maintenance allowance is £60 and the minimum that you can claim is 20% of this amount, i.e. £12. If you pay a higher rate of tax then you can claim 40%. This rate was £45 before April, 2008. So, you have to keep it in mind while applying for the refund.
Those who are claiming it for the first time or have an amount that is more than £1,000 they have to do it by post. You can simply call them the second time round or if you have a lower claim.
The letter that you send to the tax office claiming the uniform tax refund should have the following information:
- Your employment details for the last four years, along with the details of the employers with whom you worked.
- Your job title and the industry that you are associated with
- Detail of the laundry allowance or cleaning services that your employer provides, if applicable
- Details of your uniform
How do you want the refund- deducted from the tax of the current year or as a check for the amount?
It might take about five weeks for the claim to get processed. Once done, the next time will be quicker.
This guest article was submitted on behalf of u-tax.co.uk – find out how you can get a uniform tax refund.