close menu

Tax refund types in the UK

Every year more than 3.5 million people overpay tax in the UK. If you’ve been living and working in the UK any time in the last five years, you could be due a tax refund. How you submit your request for a rebate depends on certain aspects of your job. These are some of the things that can contribute to your tax refund.

Mileage tax rebate

mileage-tax

If you work in the UK and use your car to travel to different places as part of your job, you may be able to claim a mileage tax rebate from HM Revenue & Customs. Whether you use your car daily, weekly, monthly or only once, you could be entitled to a refund.

You may be able to claim a refund for any mileage you incur in order to fulfil your duties of employment, including visits to clients, travelling to different offices or running to the bank.

As this category of tax rebate only includes business travel, commutes to and from your permanent place of work cannot be reclaimed.

What can you claim for?

Tax relief may be claimed for the following:

  • Travelling to visit clients
  • Fuel purchased while driving a company vehicle
  • Travelling between offices
  • Carrying passengers for work purposes
 

Uniform tax rebate

uniform-tax

If you wear a uniform or protective clothing at work and you have to wash and maintain it yourself, you may be due a tax refund from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Whether it’s a t-shirt with a company logo or the full uniform of a pilot, nurse or police offer, you can claim a tax rebate.

Our experience, coupled with a good working relationship with HMRC, makes claiming your uniform tax rebate easy and hassle-free. Our no refund, no fee policy means you have nothing to lose and hundreds of Pounds to gain.

Are you eligible?

If you work in the UK and wear a uniform as part of your job, you may be eligible. Healthcare workers, police officers, cleaners, drivers, firefighters and pilots are some occupations most commonly eligible for this tax refund.

If the clothes you wear as part of your daily job have a company logo on them, you may also be able to claim.

What can you claim for?

  • Cleaning costs of your uniform
  • Buying or replacing of uniforms
  • In some instances: Specialised shoes, stockings and other clothing items
 

Healthcare worker tax rebate

healthcare-tax

As a National Health Service (NHS) worker, nurse, doctor, dentist or other professional working in the health services industry, you may be able to claim an NHS and healthcare worker tax rebate for many costs. Claims include, but are not limited to, the cleaning of your uniform, equipment, professional membership fees and the use of your car for work purposes.

Are you eligible?

Anyone working in the healthcare profession could be eligible. If you wear a uniform or protective clothing or subscribe to any professional bodies or use your car for work purposes, chances are you will be eligible for a refund.

What can you claim for?

Tax relief may be claimed for the following:

  • Cleaning costs of uniforms and specialised or protective clothing
  • Buying or replacing of uniforms and specialised or protective clothing
  • In certain instances, nurses’ tights and shoes – the current allowance is £6 for tights and £12 for shoes per tax year
  • Union and professional fees paid to Unison, RCN, NMC, HPC, RCM, SoR, IBMS, GDC, GphC and others
  • Certain assets and equipment needed for your work and not paid for by your employer
  • Costs for using your own vehicle for work purposes, for instance when visiting a patient
 

Trade worker tax rebate

trade-worker-tax.

If you are a contractor working in the UK, changing your tax code could allow you to claim back tax for the last four years and save substantially on future tax payments.

If you are a contractor working in the construction industry in the UK, you could be eligible to claim a tax rebate and save substantially on your future tax.

We can assist you to claim for up to five years. Our experience, coupled with a good working relationship with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), allows us to make your tax refund claim hassle-free.

Are you eligible?

Anyone contracting in the construction industry could be eligible for a tax refund for construction workers.

What can you claim for?

Tax relief may be claimed for the following:

  • Cleaning costs of specialised or protective clothing
  • Buying or replacing of specialised or protective clothing
  • Travel costs, if you use your own vehicle and pay for your own fuel
  • Tools tax rebate and equipment needed for your work and not paid for by your employer
 

Mechanic tax rebate

mechanic-tax

If you are a mechanic or have worked in the UK as a mechanic in the last four years, you may be able to claim a tax rebate based on expenses incurred to perform your job.

If you buy and maintain your own tools or wear specialist clothing, which you pay for yourself, you might also be overpaying on your tax. If you don’t claim this back you could be missing out on hundreds of Pounds.

Are you eligible?

Anyone working in the UK as a mechanic could be eligible for this tax rebate.

What can you claim for?

Tax relief may be claimed for the following:

  • Cleaning costs of specialised or protective clothing
  • Buying or replacing of specialised or protective clothing
  • Travel costs, if you use your own vehicle and pay for your own fuel to get to sites
  • Tools and equipment needed for your work and not paid for by your employer
 

Teacher tax rebate

teacher-tax 

If you are a teacher or education professional working in the UK, you may be due a tax refund from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Amongst others, you can claim professional body membership fees, specialist clothing, equipment and the use of your car for work purposes.

Are you eligible?

Anyone working in the education profession could be eligible. If you wear a uniform or specialist clothing of any sort or subscribe to any professional bodies, you could be eligible for teacher’s tax relief.

What can you claim for?

Tax relief may be claimed for the following:

  • Cleaning costs of specialised clothing
  • Buying or replacing of specialised clothing
  • Union and professional fees
  • Certain tools or equipment needed for your work and not paid for by your employer
  • Costs for using your own vehicle for work purposes, for instance, when transporting pupils
 
british-naturalisation

Claim back your tax

If you’re ready to make a claim,
fill out our online Tax Refund Claim Form to get started

Contact us for more guidance on claiming back your tax

If you still need more information, don’t hesitate to call us on +44 (0) 80 8141 5503

South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120

Durban

25 Richefond Circle
Ridgeside
Umhlanga 4320 +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom

London

Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514

Croydon

5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581

Australia

Melbourne

9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

Sable International is not affiliated with HMRC, we assist you in making your tax return.
Read about our tax refund service.

Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 07070528), registered in England and Wales. We are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (1st Contact Money [PTY] Ltd - FSP no. 41900) and hold an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (1st Contact Group - AFS License number 335 126).

We use cookies to provide the best website experience for you. Using this website means that you agree to this. How we use cookies.