Flat rate expenses from the Inland revenue - FREE uniform tax refund worth £60 of free pay if never claimed before
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Flat rate expenses from the Inland revenue - FREE uniform tax refund worth £60 of free pay if never claimed before

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Found 26th MarEdited by:"Anon32"
If you wear a uniform at work, and have to wash, repair or replace it yourself, you may be able to reclaim £100s of tax for up to five years of expenses.

This applies whether it's just a branded T-shirt or you're a fully uniformed pilot, police officer or nurse. Don't pay a claims firm, you can do it for FREE.

Your tax code will change so its an extra £60 of free pay

PLEASE NOTE: This is not £60 tax back rather its £60 that you don't pay tax on. For basic rate its £12 and for higher rate its £24 a year. This will cover costs of washing your clothes.

No need to keep records if you claim the flat rate deduction.

The tax code for the new tax year is 1185L that means you can earn £11850 before paying tax. Adding this will make your tax code 1191L saving you the £12

Also more details on MSE here

Some workers get more. Check the list here

For instance a mechanic would get £120 free pay so £24 tax back.

Remember you can claim back for four years including the current year so get cracking
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Master.G15 m ago

Surely everyone knows about this by now. Unless they've been hiding under …Surely everyone knows about this by now. Unless they've been hiding under a rock for years.


It's surprising how many people have never heard of certain things such as EHIC, passport fees & stamps going up, marriage allowance, free access to firewalled newspapers, uniform expenses etc etc

These posts generally help quite a few HUKD'ers as long as they stay as a Deal for a few days - the minute they go to Misc, they are lost.
Master.G1 h, 16 m ago

Surely everyone knows about this by now. Unless they've been hiding under …Surely everyone knows about this by now. Unless they've been hiding under a rock for years.


What if you are new to the world of work, a school leavers perhaps.

Or new to the country and have previous worked aboard.

Post like this are useful for people.


Just because you havebeen familiar with something for years doesn’t necessarily mean everyone will be.
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This isn't a deal is it? It's more of a head's up.

And what's the £60 in the title? You say further down that it's worth £12 to basic rate tax payers?
deeky13 m ago

This isn't a deal is it? It's more of a head's up. And what's the £60 in …This isn't a deal is it? It's more of a head's up. And what's the £60 in the title? You say further down that it's worth £12 to basic rate tax payers?



he says you can claim up to 5years =£60
The tax code for the new tax year is 1185L that means you can earn £11850 before paying tax. Adding this will make your tax code 1245L saving you the £12

Tax code 1245L will save you £120 in tax over a 1185L code (for a basic rate payer). Do you mean your new code would be 1191L?
Edited by: "sportyfae" 26th Mar
Surely everyone knows about this by now. Unless they've been hiding under a rock for years.
Free advice, if you aren't a health care worker (they get set amounts) - claim £140 each year instead of £60 regardless of your job - HMRC will accept any flat rate expenses claim if it's £140 or less.
Master.G15 m ago

Surely everyone knows about this by now. Unless they've been hiding under …Surely everyone knows about this by now. Unless they've been hiding under a rock for years.


It's surprising how many people have never heard of certain things such as EHIC, passport fees & stamps going up, marriage allowance, free access to firewalled newspapers, uniform expenses etc etc

These posts generally help quite a few HUKD'ers as long as they stay as a Deal for a few days - the minute they go to Misc, they are lost.
My wife works part-time, in the NHS and wears a uniform. She only does 20hrs per week and so we applied for the marriage tax allowance - can she still claim this, as she technically doesn’t pay any tax.
you have to be paying tax in the first place to get this allowance, earnings more than the £11,850 per annum.
deeky45 m ago

This isn't a deal is it? It's more of a head's up. And what's the £60 in …This isn't a deal is it? It's more of a head's up. And what's the £60 in the title? You say further down that it's worth £12 to basic rate tax payers?


5x12=60.
luvsadealdealdeal11 m ago

It's surprising how many people have never heard of certain things such as …It's surprising how many people have never heard of certain things such as EHIC, passport fees & stamps going up, marriage allowance, free access to firewalled newspapers, uniform expenses etc etcThese posts generally help quite a few HUKD'ers as long as they stay as a Deal for a few days - the minute they go to Misc, they are lost.



Yep. I'm in a holiday Facebook group and the number of people who still think they are OK with the old E111 is ridiculous. How do these people manage to get through life without having a clue what's going on around them?
deeky1 h, 8 m ago

This isn't a deal is it? It's more of a head's up. And what's the £60 in …This isn't a deal is it? It's more of a head's up. And what's the £60 in the title? You say further down that it's worth £12 to basic rate tax payers?


Been posted several times before as a deal deeky.
Wongy1105 m ago

Been posted several times before as a deal deeky.


Thanks wongy
Curlyman8350 m ago

My wife works part-time, in the NHS and wears a uniform. She only does …My wife works part-time, in the NHS and wears a uniform. She only does 20hrs per week and so we applied for the marriage tax allowance - can she still claim this, as she technically doesn’t pay any tax.


Yes she can claim but she can't actually get a refund if she hasn't paid any tax.

Could she have paid some tax in the previous 3-4 years?
Master.G1 h, 16 m ago

Surely everyone knows about this by now. Unless they've been hiding under …Surely everyone knows about this by now. Unless they've been hiding under a rock for years.


What if you are new to the world of work, a school leavers perhaps.

Or new to the country and have previous worked aboard.

Post like this are useful for people.


Just because you havebeen familiar with something for years doesn’t necessarily mean everyone will be.
My partner claimed for this. He works for an engineering firm full-time, earns more than £11,850 and has worn company shirts for the past 5 years. Yet he’s unsuccessful and never gets any money back? Anyone have an idea why? Thanks in advance
Edited by: "geojo" 26th Mar
deeky1 h, 47 m ago

This isn't a deal is it? It's more of a head's up. And what's the £60 in …This isn't a deal is it? It's more of a head's up. And what's the £60 in the title? You say further down that it's worth £12 to basic rate tax payers?


It's gonna be a more useful "deal" to most than things like the last time of beans at someone's local co-op being reduced by five pence
myusernamehasgone23418 m ago

What if you are new to the world of work, a school leavers perhaps.Or new …What if you are new to the world of work, a school leavers perhaps.Or new to the country and have previous worked aboard.Post like this are useful for people. Just because you havebeen familiar with something for years doesn’t necessarily mean everyone will be.



Yes, i agree it will be useful for some people. Those who were not aware. My question was, how are people still not aware? Do school leavers not read, watch money programs, have working parents or friends. It's not as if this isn't discussed regularly on here and sites like money saving expert. The vast majority of people who qualify, will have work colleagues in the same situation. Are they all keeping this nugget to themselves?
The_Cowboy1 h, 39 m ago

Free advice, if you aren't a health care worker (they get set amounts) - …Free advice, if you aren't a health care worker (they get set amounts) - claim £140 each year instead of £60 regardless of your job - HMRC will accept any flat rate expenses claim if it's £140 or less.


How does this £140 claim work over the standard £60 work exactly?
geojo1 h, 6 m ago

My partner claimed for this. He works for an engineering firm full-time, …My partner claimed for this. He works for an engineering firm full-time, earns more than £11,850 and has worn company shirts for the past 5 years. Yet he’s unsuccessful and never gets any money back? Anyone have an idea why? Thanks in advance


If he is employed and wears company uniform then why would he be entitled to anything?
(That's on he presumption that the company pays for the uniform, as you stated it was a 'company shirt').

If he was buying the shirts himself (which would seem to be an odd situation) then maybe he would have a claim and he should enquire as to why he is being knocked back.
bluecityste7 m ago

If he is employed and wears company uniform then why would he be entitled …If he is employed and wears company uniform then why would he be entitled to anything? (That's on he presumption that the company pays for the uniform, as you stated it was a 'company shirt').If he was buying the shirts himself (which would seem to be an odd situation) then maybe he would have a claim and he should enquire as to why he is being knocked back.


It's not paid for purchasing the uniform, it's paid for washing it, repairing it or replacing it.
bluecityste8 m ago

If he is employed and wears company uniform then why would he be entitled …If he is employed and wears company uniform then why would he be entitled to anything? (That's on he presumption that the company pays for the uniform, as you stated it was a 'company shirt').If he was buying the shirts himself (which would seem to be an odd situation) then maybe he would have a claim and he should enquire as to why he is being knocked back.


Read the post: it's for cleaning it, not buying it!
geojo1 h, 16 m ago

My partner claimed for this. He works for an engineering firm full-time, …My partner claimed for this. He works for an engineering firm full-time, earns more than £11,850 and has worn company shirts for the past 5 years. Yet he’s unsuccessful and never gets any money back? Anyone have an idea why? Thanks in advance


same my hubby didn't get it either and they don't tell you why which is annoying. He also earns over the threshold so should be getting it. Especially as he works in a bus garage and gets diesel all over his overalls so they need washing a lot. Yet my bus driver cousins get it no problem and they earn way more and their uniforms are never anywhere near as dirty!
The_Hank1 h, 19 m ago

How does this £140 claim work over the standard £60 work exactly?



It works no differently, you just get over double the extra tax relief. So with £60 extra relief you'd get £12 (20% of £60 if your a 20% tax payer), but with £140 you'd get £28 (20% of £140 if your a 20% tax payer).

All you do is when you submit your flat rate expenses claim, is request £140 per year instead of £60 - it will be accepted because any claim of £140 or less is given no matter the job (unless your a health care worker, as they get set amounts).

4 years using £60 gets you £48 back, 4 years at £140 gets you £112 .
Edited by: "The_Cowboy" 26th Mar
Thank you.
£60 in 5 years... i mean wtf why even bother :\
sportyfae1 h, 59 m ago

Yes she can claim but she can't actually get a refund if she hasn't paid …Yes she can claim but she can't actually get a refund if she hasn't paid any tax. Could she have paid some tax in the previous 3-4 years?


Possibly. I’ll get her to check back through her previous wage slips. Thank you.
adhkarzf1 h, 6 m ago

same my hubby didn't get it either and they don't tell you why which is … same my hubby didn't get it either and they don't tell you why which is annoying. He also earns over the threshold so should be getting it. Especially as he works in a bus garage and gets diesel all over his overalls so they need washing a lot. Yet my bus driver cousins get it no problem and they earn way more and their uniforms are never anywhere near as dirty!


I feel your pain! Not only does he have to purchase his uniform, he forever gets it covers in grease from the factory!
bluecityste1 h, 18 m ago

If he is employed and wears company uniform then why would he be entitled …If he is employed and wears company uniform then why would he be entitled to anything? (That's on he presumption that the company pays for the uniform, as you stated it was a 'company shirt').If he was buying the shirts himself (which would seem to be an odd situation) then maybe he would have a claim and he should enquire as to why he is being knocked back.


He purchases his own uniform but that’s irrelevant here He overseas manufacturing and gets covered in grease - what his claiming for is to wash his uniform.
seanmorris10047 m ago

£60 in 5 years... i mean wtf why even bother :\


£60 is a lot of money to some people
sportyfae9 h, 4 m ago

The tax code for the new tax year is 1185L that means you can earn £11850 …The tax code for the new tax year is 1185L that means you can earn £11850 before paying tax. Adding this will make your tax code 1245L saving you the £12Tax code 1245L will save you £120 in tax over a 1185L code (for a basic rate payer). Do you mean your new code would be 1191L?


LOL. Tax code only indicates tax free amount.
geojo10 h, 52 m ago

My partner claimed for this. He works for an engineering firm full-time, …My partner claimed for this. He works for an engineering firm full-time, earns more than £11,850 and has worn company shirts for the past 5 years. Yet he’s unsuccessful and never gets any money back? Anyone have an idea why? Thanks in advance



When you say 'company shirt' does that mean it has a logo? If it's a plain shirt, it will not qualify as it would be deemed able to be worn outside work as non work wear.
U53R4 h, 30 m ago

LOL. Tax code only indicates tax free amount.


It does

And 1245L = 12450, £600 over the standard Personal Allowance whilst 1191L = 11910, £60 over the Personal Allowance of £11,850
Edited by: "sportyfae" 27th Mar
Do you have to do a self assesment to get this?
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sportyfae14 h, 33 m ago

The tax code for the new tax year is 1185L that means you can earn £11850 …The tax code for the new tax year is 1185L that means you can earn £11850 before paying tax. Adding this will make your tax code 1245L saving you the £12Tax code 1245L will save you £120 in tax over a 1185L code (for a basic rate payer). Do you mean your new code would be 1191L?


Yep i forgot to add the zero back! But i know what I mean because it clearly states this is £60 of free pay which means £12 for basic rate. I then forgot the extra zero on the tax code lol. I'll amend it now
Anon327 m ago

Yep i forgot to add the zero back! But i know what I mean because it …Yep i forgot to add the zero back! But i know what I mean because it clearly states this is £60 of free pay which means £12 for basic rate. I then forgot the extra zero on the tax code lol. I'll amend it now


Appreciate that but it might have confused people who made a claim and get 1191L rather than 1245L
I was claiming £35 a year for overalls back in the 1980s, claimed it for 9 years :-)
You can claim for anything you like as long as you can justify it as a valid work expense. If you employment contract state you have wear a fresh live chick on your head each day I'm sure that would quaify too.
Master.G4 h, 54 m ago

When you say 'company shirt' does that mean it has a logo? If it's a plain …When you say 'company shirt' does that mean it has a logo? If it's a plain shirt, it will not qualify as it would be deemed able to be worn outside work as non work wear.


It has a company logo
you can also deduct this from your income for tax credits , so if you get £60 uniform allowance your tax credits will increase by £60 x 41% = £24.60
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geojo14 h, 28 m ago

£60 is a lot of money to some people


Not over 5 years its not lol... 60 quid a year would be okay little boost but over 5 years?
4TheMenyNotTheFew4 h, 2 m ago

I was claiming £35 a year for overalls back in the 1980s, claimed it for 9 …I was claiming £35 a year for overalls back in the 1980s, claimed it for 9 years :-)You can claim for anything you like as long as you can justify it as a valid work expense. If you employment contract state you have wear a fresh live chick on your head each day I'm sure that would quaify too.


What about a stale live chick?
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