How to claim uniform tax

Do you wear a uniform to work? Have you had to wash it, repair it or replace it?

Whether it’s simply a shirt with a logo or full head to toe attire, such as a nurse, chef or police officer, you may be entitled to a uniform tax deduction worth £100s over the past 4 years.

Can I claim uniform tax?

To be eligible to claim a uniform tax rebate, all of the following conditions must apply:

  • Wear a recognisable uniform which shows you have a specific job, such as a nurse, a chef or a police officer. Even if your uniform isn’t branded and doesn’t have a logo, but you only wear it whilst working, you still may be entitled to the tax relief,
  • You must wear it whilst you’re working,
  • You’ve had to clean, replace or repair your uniform yourself,
  • You paid income tax in the year/s you are claiming.

How to claim back uniform tax

If you already fill in a self-assessment, you can simply add it to your expenses. If not, you can claim this uniform rebate by:

  • Letter – If this is your first time claiming a uniform tax refund, you must contact HMRC in writing using the following address: HM Revenue & Customs, Pay As You Earn, PO Box 1970, Liverpool, L75 1WX
  • Phone – Alternatively, If you have claimed this uniform tax relief before, you can contact HMRC by phone on 0845 300 0627

Before you contact HMRC, be sure to have this information to hand:

  • Name and address of employer
  • The industry you work in
  • your occupation
  • details of any laundry or cleaning services provided by your employer
  • details of payment or vouchers provided by your employer to cover laundry or other costs.

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