Claim tax back on your professional fees on Government gateway website
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Claim tax back on your professional fees on Government gateway website

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Found 13th Feb
I recently claimed tax relief on my accountancy annual subscription. I also claimed back for the two previous years which I had not claimed. It's really easy to do through the government gateway website. I recieved a cheque in the post about a week later.
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You can also get the deduction coded into your tax allowance going forwards

Initial joining fees to ICAEW or ACCA etc are not allowed though (annual membership fees are).
Brilliant passed it on.
if you are employed, a lot of organisations, will allow you to claim the cost of a professional subscription back as an expense.

It's worth checking with your pay masters, especially if you are working for a perceived big name company.

Obviously if you are self-employed then you can write the cost off against tax (I think!) but then you won't probably have the time to be reading this!
Do you have to do a self assessment just to claim for the subscription? Isn’t there an easy way of doing this
Teachers need to do this for ATL or NUT, claim back last four years and you will get around £200. Don’t forget uniform allowance too
Any idea how far you can go back? Closed my company a couple of years ago but used to pay my accountant £1k each year for about 10 years....
Edited by: "Sambat" 13th Feb
Sambat3 m ago

Any idea how far you can go back? Closed my company a couple of years ago …Any idea how far you can go back? Closed my company a couple of years ago but used to pay my accountant £1k each year for about 10 years....


4 years plus current tax year I think.
Sambat24 m ago

Any idea how far you can go back? Closed my company a couple of years ago …Any idea how far you can go back? Closed my company a couple of years ago but used to pay my accountant £1k each year for about 10 years....


I think the tax back is on payment of professional fees i.e.if you are a member of a professional organisation (Chartered Engineer etc), not for claiming money back on fees you have paid to a professional e.g. your accountant.
njdavis1031 h, 19 m ago

Teachers need to do this for ATL or NUT, claim back last four years and …Teachers need to do this for ATL or NUT, claim back last four years and you will get around £200. Don’t forget uniform allowance too


Not my area but clothing deductions are quite limited, and a bit of a minefield generally. There's special treatment for uniforms, certain trades (navvies, stone masons, etc), and protective clothing. So if you have to wear a suit to work, that's not deductible. Sadly (I work in an office).
Stealth_Fox4 h, 5 m ago

Not my area but clothing deductions are quite limited, and a bit of a …Not my area but clothing deductions are quite limited, and a bit of a minefield generally. There's special treatment for uniforms, certain trades (navvies, stone masons, etc), and protective clothing. So if you have to wear a suit to work, that's not deductible. Sadly (I work in an office).


I know what your saying bu they will agree a £60 allowance for a teacher. It’s pretty generic and my OH has to buy specific PE with school logo on so it’s justifiable.
Just thinking about the hubby, can he claim back fees for CPD courses?
Stealth_Fox6 h, 33 m ago

Not my area but clothing deductions are quite limited, and a bit of a …Not my area but clothing deductions are quite limited, and a bit of a minefield generally. There's special treatment for uniforms, certain trades (navvies, stone masons, etc), and protective clothing. So if you have to wear a suit to work, that's not deductible. Sadly (I work in an office).


I wouldn't say minefield really, IMO it's one of the more straightforward aspects of HMRC. The point is that if you have to use specific clothing in the course of your work (eg PPE, or a nurse's uniform) and your employer doesn't provide cleaning facilities (so you have to clean it at home under your own cost) and the uniform can only be used exclusively for the job, then the cleaning costs are deductible from your income.

Some professions have specific arrangements for the amount, for others is the standard £60pa. The exclusive usage means that the clothing can't be used in other circumstances. Eg. you wouldn't normally go to the pub wearing a Tesco uniform as a choice. In your case, unfortunately you can't claim the cost because the suit can be used for other occasions. If it were to be branded (I wear similar attire for work, but it has company logos) then it would be eligible.
Sambat18 h, 8 m ago

Any idea how far you can go back? Closed my company a couple of years ago …Any idea how far you can go back? Closed my company a couple of years ago but used to pay my accountant £1k each year for about 10 years....


No, this deal is about claiming back professional fess
deals83818 h, 21 m ago

Do you have to do a self assessment just to claim for the subscription? …Do you have to do a self assessment just to claim for the subscription? Isn’t there an easy way of doing this


I now get my fees paid by my company and so cancelled my tax code that was adjusted when I had to pay prof fees myself, so in theory ring hmrc tell them the fee payable and they amend tax code, only problem I see is if like me my fees go up £20-25 every year so you are probably best to make the self assessment
diktiomenos11 h, 52 m ago

I wouldn't say minefield really, IMO it's one of the more straightforward …I wouldn't say minefield really, IMO it's one of the more straightforward aspects of HMRC. The point is that if you have to use specific clothing in the course of your work (eg PPE, or a nurse's uniform) and your employer doesn't provide cleaning facilities (so you have to clean it at home under your own cost) and the uniform can only be used exclusively for the job, then the cleaning costs are deductible from your income.Some professions have specific arrangements for the amount, for others is the standard £60pa. The exclusive usage means that the clothing can't be used in other circumstances. Eg. you wouldn't normally go to the pub wearing a Tesco uniform as a choice. In your case, unfortunately you can't claim the cost because the suit can be used for other occasions. If it were to be branded (I wear similar attire for work, but it has company logos) then it would be eligible.


Unless you're an actor buying clothing that could also be everyday wear, they can claim a deduction on the cost if they're worn either as part of a costume or part- EG if you're an impersonator and have to buy a very specific outfit that also fits the definition of everyday wear. It is complicated for those of us that don't deal with it all the time
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