In case, the individual wears a uniform or any other specialist type of clothing as a part of his job, then he/she can be in a position to lay claim to availing tax refund against cost of washing, providing, repairing and maintaining the clothing. The person also can claim if he is a regular employee with PAYE (Pay-As-You-Earn).
Whether or not the individual can claim, entirely depends upon the clothing type that he is to wear for his work. In case, clothing in question is to be worn reasonably outside of the work, then clothing is generally not to be tax deductible since tax office is said not to view cost as work expense.
It effectively means that most of the work clothing and even fancy suits along with other smart dresses which the individual might not want to wear outside work are said not to be tax deductible. Irrespective of whether the individual does or not does wear clothing outside work, decision of the tax office is based generally upon whether the person should select to do so.
But, if the work uniform is related to work, which means, if it gets branded with the employer’s logo or name, then the tax office might take slightly different view since the person would not wear it typically as regular clothing.
It is possible to avail flat rate tax relief, where clothing gets branded and is not to be worn outside the work as regular clothing. It is necessary to have a look at work uniforms that are worn by staffs of supermarket. For instance, their work uniform has been stated to be tax deductible since it has name of the supermarket embroidered to it. Similarly, if the work uniform is quite specific to the job, like the person is a police officer or nurse, same rule tends to apply and the individual is likely to be entitled to receive a claim.
Also, similar rules apply for construction trades. There are many trades people who are entitled towards claiming for gloves, helmets, boots and overalls, which they are required to provide, although there are employees, instead of self-employed contractors. Similarly, any trades people who would wear work uniforms of branded types, bearing the name of their employer also entitled to claim.
How Much is to be Claimed?
Generally speaking, two ways are there, where employees on PAYE could claim.
- Firstly, there is a need to submit all receipts for cleaning, buying, maintaining and repairing the work uniform or specialist clothing of other types. It is necessary to assume, the person has them.
- Secondly, it is essential to apply for flat rate tax deduction, to claim back average amount that is spent by those people in line of work.
There are no points to guess as to which is the most popular! The huge majority of applicants tend to choose flat-rate tax since claiming for every individual expense could prove to be difficult, time consuming and complex.
Author’s Bio: The author is employed with taxrebates.co.uk and has good knowledge of work uniform tax rebates U.K.