Can I Claim a HMRC Tax Rebate for Uniform?

If you are required to buy your own uniform for your job then you may be able to claim an HMRC tax rebate for your uniform to reflect the cost of washing it, repairing it and replacing it.

Can you claim for a HMRC Tax Rebate on your Uniform?

To be eligible to claim a tax rebate from HMRC on the cost of replacing, laundering and looking after your uniform:

  • You must be employed, different rules apply if you are self employed;
  • You can only claim for replacement and repairs not the initial cost of your uniform;
  • You must have paid tax in the year that you spent money on your uniform;
  • Your uniform must be just used for your work, you cannot claim for things you use in your private life;
  • You must have paid for the costs yourself.  If your employer has reimbursed you, you are not eligible to claim for a rebate;
  • You cannot claim for a rebate if you employer provides you with an alternative but you chose not to use it. For example if your employer provides laundering facilities but you opt to wash your uniform at home then you cannot claim a rebate for washing your uniform.

Typical Occupations that may be Eligible for HMRC Tax Rebates

Generally anyone who is expected to wear a specific uniform for their job can make a claim for a tax rebate.  Typical eligible occupations include:

  • NHS & healthcare workers
  • Care assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Doctors
  • Airline staff
  • Pharmacy workers
  • Police workers
  • Construction workers
  • Engineering
  • Prison staff
  • Carpenters

Top Tax Tip

HMRC states you can claim within 4 years of the end of the tax year that you spent the money. This means if you have missed any claims in the previous 4 years you should be able to claim retrospectively for your missed tax rebates.  It is advisable to call HMRC on 0300 200 3300 to discuss historic claims before you submit them.

How to Claim for a Uniform Tax Rebate from HMRC

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