If you work in a job that requires a uniform or even just a branded should, you could claim a uniform tax rebate worth over a £100, and it’s very simple to do.
You don’t get much in life for free, so when it comes along, you need to grab it with both hands. If you wear a full uniform or even just a branded shirt and you wash or repair it yourself, you could reclaim £100’s of tax for up to five years worth of expenses.
Do I qualify for a uniform tax rebate?
To qualify, you will need to be employed in a job that requires you to wear a full uniform (such as a policeman) or a branded shirt.
- You are required to purchase, repair or clean the uniform yourself.
- You are paying/have paid income tax for the year you are claiming for.
How much should I get?
The amount you can claim depends on the industry you work in. The standard flat rate is £60. For a full list of industries and rates, take a look at the official government site
If you are a basic-rate tax payer, that means you are entitled to claim £12 (20% of £60). Higher-rate payers can claim back £24 (40% of £60).
In total, you can claim money back for the previous four years and the current year. So a basic-rate tax payer will be entitled to £60 and a higher-rate payer £120.
Once HMRC receive your claim, and all goes well, you should see your tax code change. This means, in future, the amount you have to earn before paying tax slightly increases.
Fill out the P87 form, which can be found here
and you can submit online.
You will be asked to provide the following information:
- Your occupation
- Your details, including your National Insurance and PAYEE reference numbers
- Employer’s name and address
- Whether you are claiming a flat rate (the majority of people will be).
- How you want to be paid – either by cheque or straight into your bank account.
There are other questions on the form but just click No if they don’t apply to you.
If you’ve made a claim previously, instead of completing the form, you can phone HMRC on 0300 200 3300 to discuss your reclaim. You will only usually do this if you’ve noticed that your tax code isn’t correct.
Is it worth doing?
It certainly is. Don’t listen to those firms that do it for you and then take a slice of your money. The process for claiming your uniform tax rebate is very simple and quick to do.
How to guide
After a few questions, I have included a more detailed guide with a few images below. After you’ve filled in your personal details, you will need to select which tax year you’re claiming for. If you are claiming for more than one year, this will mean making several claims. Once you’ve selected the year, you will need some employment details.
On the following pages, you will need to click Yes for flat rate deduction, choose your industry and type in the amount you’re claiming for. This will usually be the maximum allowed for that type of industry. For example, below I have chosen Public Service which will allow you to claim up to £60. In the Expenses claimed box, you enter £60.
There will be quite a few questions that follow, but if you’re only claiming the uniform rebate, just select no.