Did you know one in three UK taxpayers have paid too much tax?
If you have been or are currently employed and one of the following applies:
- have used an emergency tax code
- worked part time
- are a student
- were made redundant
- are leaving the UK
- have already left the UK
- have worked for less than a full tax year
- have circumstances that changed, eg: became self-employed
- have taken a break during or between your employments
- have expense claims, eg, mileage expenses, travel expenses, uniform expenses, or other expenses you incur to do your job
- paid your tax through PAYE
- fall under the CIS requirements
- you are self employed and file a self employment tax return.
You may be eligible for a tax refund.
Do you incur expenses as result of doing your job?
We can help you claim for a number of expenses that you may incur as a direct result of your job. This can be claimed wether you are PAYE or CIS. The amount you claim does vary depending upon how you are employed though. If you have to pay for anything out of your own pocket which your company does not repay you for then you may be able to claim for these expenses as well, for example, business mileage, uniform allowance, hotel and meal expenses. See the details below for some examples of things you can claim.
If your employer does not pay your petrol, but you are required to travel to different places for your work then you can currently claim 40p per mile for the first 10,000 business miles you do in your car each year and then 25p for each mile after that. Current HMRC approved mileage rates:
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If you are required to work at a temporary location, you can claim the following tax relief:
- Up to £5 meal allowance if you leave your home before 6am
- And up to £5 meal allowance when working over 5 hours
- Or up to £10 meal allowance when working more than 10 hours (max £20)
This allowance is intended to reimburse you for actual costs incurred during working hours. If you claim over £20 in a day a receipts must be provided. You will be required to provide dates/times to the HMRC as part of the claim. Additional overnight subsistence claims can be made, again with a receipt.
If you are a self employed CIS worker, you are able to claim tax relief on any expenses that you have incured doing your job. This includes expenses such as:
- travel costs
- tools and equipment
- work clothing
- phone bills
You must keep receipts for all expenses, and we can help you claim these expenses when you complete your Self Assessment.
Are you required to wear a uniform for work? If you wear any kind of uniform that displays the company's name on it you are entitled to claim tax relief towards the cost of washing/ironing your uniform, e.g. If a shirt says "XYZ Ltd", then you can claim £70 per year tax relief. If this is your only claim, we do not charge anything for this service, you can simply download a form for free and send it into your tax office to claim this tax relief.
You can request this form by contacting us here
Are you leaving or have left the UK?
You can claim tax relief or a repayment of tax if you have lived or worked in the UK, you are leaving and you may not be coming back or you don't know when you're coming back. Declare your employment and income details and you might find you get a refund of tax owed to you.
Have you only worked part of a tax year?
Each tax year runs from 6th April - 5th April. If you have only worked part of a tax year then you may find that you have paid too much tax on the earnings you received. If you changed jobs or had any gaps in your employment during the tax year then you may find that our pack can guide you through the refund process. If you worked a seasonal job, were made redundant or your employment circumstacnes changed during the tax year, this might be the right option for your unique circumstances.
Have you stopped working?
If you have been unemployed for four weeks or have permanently retired and are not claiming taxable benefits then you might be able to claim some Income Tax relief.