Have you claimed tax relief for your job
Every little helps - If you are an employee and you incur certain business expenses yourself, that your employer does not reimburse, you might be able to get tax relief.
This only applies to business expenses that relate to doing your job. These terms are interpreted very restrictively by HMRC. For example, they would normally expect an expense to be necessary for every employee undertaking a particular job, not just necessary for one particular employee.
What employment expenses can you claim for?
Many people don't know what tax relief expenses they could be entitled to. Some repeatedly successful work expenses which are claimed for are:
- Working from home
- Mileage and travel costs − using your own car or public transport when visiting temporary workplaces (not for normal commuting).
- Tools and equipment – that you bought for work use.
- Professional fees – if you're a member of some professional bodies and unions.
- Uniform tax relief − can be claimed on the cost of cleaning your own branded work wear or protective clothing.
- You must have paid tax in the year. You'll get tax relief based on what you've spent and the rate at which you pay tax. Example - If you spent £60 and pay tax at a rate of 20% in that year, the tax relief you can claim is £12.
- For some claims, you must keep records of what you've spent. You must claim within 4 years of the end of the tax year that you spent the money.
- If your claim is for the current tax year, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will usually make any adjustments needed through your tax code.
- If your claim is for previous tax years, HMRC will either make adjustments through your tax code or give you a tax refund.