March 5th, 2019

I wear a uniform for work – can I claim a tax refund?

Yes, provided you meet all the following criteria:

• You wear a uniform at work (this can include a branded t-shirt)
• Your employer requires you to wear a uniform when at work
• You are a taxpayer in the year in question
• You have to launder, repair, replace or purchase the uniform yourself
• You do not already have a fixed rate allowance factored into your tax code

If your employer launders (or provides laundry facilities), or covers the costs of repairs, replacements or purchases of uniform then a claim cannot be made.

The standard fixed rate allowance is £60 per year, however this can vary depending on the industry you work in. More details on this can be found here.

For a basic rate taxpayer, this would equate to a £12 tax refund (being 20% of £60). You are able to make a claim for the previous four tax years plus the current year, so the total refund could potentially be £60 (£12 x 5 years).

Once registered, future tax codes should be adjusted automatically, so you shouldn’t need to make further claims, as you will receive the appropriate tax relief via an increase in take-home pay.

If you believe you are entitled to make a claim, you can do so here.

If you need any help with this then please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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