Nurse Tax Relief Information

Wash Your Uniform? Pay Professional Fees? Average Tax Rebate Over £900!

The vast majority of nurses will be eligible to claim for nurse tax relief on professional fees, laundering of uniform and cost of shoes and tights purchased for work use. Additional tax relief is also available for use of own car for work purposes for example a midwife travelling to different clients in the community. When a nurse tax relief claim is made for professional fees, laundering of uniform and cost of shoes and tights your tax code is generally increased reflecting the amount of expenses claimed. The tax code increase will result in less tax being paid in the current and future tax years unless your circumstances change.

On this page you will find information about:

Claim Nurse Tax Relief for the cost of laundering uniform

The criteria:

  • You meet the cost of laundering your uniform personally
  • Laundering facilities or cleaning vouchers are not provided by your employer
  • Your employer’s logo is embroidered into the uniform

How much can be claimed?

The amount that can be claimed is £100 per tax year possible for the last four tax years starting from the 2008/2009 tax year.

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Claim Nurse Tax Relief for the cost of shoes and tights

The criteria:

  • You meet the cost of shoes and tights personally
  • The cost of shoes and tights is not reimbursed by your employer

How much can be claimed?

The amount that can be claimed is £6 for tights and £12 for shoes per tax year for the last four tax years starting from the 2008/2009 tax year.

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Claim Nurse Tax Relief for professional fees

The Criteria:

  • You meet the cost of the professional fee into an allowable professional body
  • You are not reimbursed for the cost of the allowable professional fee by your employer

Which professional bodies are allowable by HMRC?

It is possible to claim nurse Tax relief for the majority of professional bodies paid into by nurses. A claim for RCN tax relief or UNISON tax relief is very common for nurses along with the cost of fees into the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC).

How much can be claimed?

The amount that can be claimed does vary depending on the amount agreed by HMRC and the professional body. For example if you were making a RCN tax rebate, the full amount of the fee paid can be claimed but if you were making a UNISON tax rebate, only 70% of the total fee paid can be claimed.

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Claim Nurse Tax Relief for use of own car or public transport for work

The criteria:

  • You use your own car or public transport to travel to varying locations and not normal commuting to one place of work
  • Your employer requests that you relocate to another place for a period that is or is expected to be for less than 24 months

Use your own vehicle?

The criteria:

  • If you use your own vehicle and you are not reimbursed the full mileage rate of .45p per mile up to 10000 miles and .25p thereafter by your employer.
  • If you use your own vehicle and you are paid the full mileage rate by your employer but the mileage paid is taxed.
  • If you use public transport the cost in full is not reimbursed by your employer or any reimbursement is taxed.

You can provide mileage records showing the mileage incurred and any reimbursement made by your employer. This for example can be in the form of pay slips.

How much can I claim?

The amount that can be claimed is dependent on whether you are paid a mileage by your employer and if that allowance is taxed or not taxed.

A mileage claim can be made for the last four tax years

The allowable mileage rates for the 2012-2013 tax year are:

  • .45p per mile up to 10000 miles
    .25p per mile after 10000 miles

If you are paid a mileage allowance by your employer and the allowance is not taxed this must be deducted from any mileage claim

The total mileage allowance figure calculated is not the total amount of tax due back. The amount due back is either 20% or 40% of the total mileage allowance figure. The amount of tax due back is currently worked out at either 20% or 40% depending on which tax bracket you fall into.

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Nurse Tax Rebate Reasons

You could be entitled to a tax rebate for varying reasons, for example:

  • Are you washing your own uniform or pay professional fees?

  • Have you left or are leaving the UK?

  • Do you have to purchase special equipment for work such as tools or protective clothing?

  • Do you incur business mileage- that is you travel for work?

These are the questions you should be asking yourself before making a claim.

You may be entitled to a tax rebate simply because you have been on the wrong tax code. Anyone who has paid tax may have overpaid for some reason. HMRC do not always refund you this overpayment automatically so not checking could be losing you money.

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Nurse Tax Relief – What Do I Need?

Depending on the type of claim you are making sometimes more information will be required such as P45 or P60 forms but sometimes a claim can be made with your national insurance number alone.

It is still possible to make a claim even if you have not got all the forms and records that are normally needed but you will need further advice to make a claim successful.

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Nurse Tax Rebates – Worth Knowing

Tax rebates can add up to thousands of pounds; If you are normally employed tax rebates can be backdated for up to four years. Four years worth of tax overpayment can add up to a substantial sum of money.

It is also common for different types of tax rebates to be claimed simultaneously, for example uniform tax relief can be paid at the same time as a business mileage rebate, this makes the possible total tax refund you receive even greater!

To be able to make a tax rebate claim you must have paid tax in the year you are making the claim.

It is helpful to keep as many records as you can to support your claim, for example receipts for tools or expenses, a diary showing miles travelled for work and/or payslips showing any mileage allowances paid by an employer.

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Are you due a healthcare tax rebate?

For further Tax Refund information, please follow the links below:

Tax Refunds by Employment

  • Healthcare Worker Tax Rebates includes:
    Can I Claim Tax Relief for Professional Fees?
    Can I Claim Tax Relief for the Cost of Shoes and Tights?
    What about Tax Relief for Laundry Costs?
    Can I claim Tax Relief for Business Mileage?
    Can I claim Tax Relief for Specialist Equipment?

  • Teacher Tax Refunds includes:
    Teacher Tax Relief for professional fees – NUT tax relief, NASUWT tax relief.
    Teacher Tax Relief Books and Journals
    Teacher Tax Relief for specialist clothing
    Teacher Tax Relief for Equipment Purchased for Work Use
    Teacher Tax Relief for qualifying travelling expenses

  • Tax Relief for Washing of Uniform includes:
    Am I Eligible for Uniform Tax Relief for Washing Uniform?
    What am I actually claiming back?
    How much will I get from a Uniform Tax Relief claim?
    Can I claim for any other Tax Relief?
  • Mechanic Tax Claim Refunds includes:
    Tool Tax relief– What are Flat Rate Expenses?
    Tool Tax relief– What are Capital Allowances?
    What About Tax Relief for Specialist Clothing?

  • Tax Claim Refunds for Trades / Construction Industry Workers under PAYE includes:
    Can I claim Tax Relief for Business Mileage?
    Can I Claim Tax Relief for other using Public Transport?
    What about Accommodation and Subsistence?
    Tool Tax Refund: What are Flat Rate Expenses
    Tool Tax Refund – What are Capital Allowances?
    Can I Claim Tax Relief for Specialist Clothing?

  • Doctor Tax Refunds includes:
    Doctors Tax relief for professional fees
    Doctors tax relief for Professional Indemnity Insurance
    Doctor Tax Relief for business use of car
    Tools and equipment purchased for work use

  • Police Tax Refunds includes:
    Police Officers Tax Relief for the Cost Of Laundering Uniform
    Police Tax Relief for the cost of Police Federation Fees
    Police Tax Relief for Business use of own car or public transport for work purposes

  • Student Tax Refund includes:
    If I am a student can I claim a Student Tax Refund?
    What About if I work during the Summer?

Tax Refunds for Expenses

  • Business Mileage Tax Refunds includes:
    What is Business Mileage?
    What counts as a Temporary Workplace?
    What are the Business Mileage Rate Allowances?
    Travel Expenses – Can I claim any further Tax Relief?

  • Travel Expenses Tax Refunds includes:
    When can I claim tax relief (business mileage) for travel to a temporary workplace?
    When can I claim tax relief (business mileage) for travelling to work in different locations?
    If I use public transport can I claim tax relief for a travel card?
    When can I claim tax relief for Subsistence and accommodation?
    Do I need to use the cheapest transport or accommodation to claim tax relief?
    Travel Expenses – How much can I claim?

  • Subsistence Expenses Tax Refunds includes:
    What Is Subsistence?
    What Is A Temporary Workplace?
    Do I Need Records?
    My Employer Reimburses Me Can I Still Claim?

  • Tools for Work Use Tax Refunds includes:
    Tools Tax – When am I Eligible for Tax Relief on Tools, Equipment and Specialist Clothing?
    Tools Tax – What are Flat Rate Expenses?
    Tax relief for tools – What are Capital Allowances?
    What About Tax Relief for Specialist Clothing?

Tax Refunds for Tax Code

Tax Refunds for Left The UK

  • Left or Leaving the UK Tax Claim Refunds includes:
    When am I entitled to leaving the UK tax back?
    How much UK tax back can I receive?
    Do I need to complete Tax Claim Forms when leaving the UK?
    Do I need to complete a Self Assessment Tax Return?

  • UK Non Resident Tax Refunds includes:
    What is Non-Resident Status?
    What is a Double Taxation Agreement?
    What sort of UK Income is eligible for tax relief?
    How do I apply for UK Non-Resident Tax Relief?
    Do I need to Complete a Self Assessment Form?

  • UK Non Resident Landlords Tax Refunds includes:
    What is the UK Non Resident Landlord Scheme?
    What if the property is administered by Letting Agents?
    Can I claim Tax Relief for Property Expenses?
    How does the Non Resident Landlord Scheme affect my Tax payments?
    Do I need to complete a Self Assessment Tax Return?
    How does other income affect my tax allowance?

  • Seafarers Tax Refund includes:
    What is Seafarers’ Earnings Deduction?
    Who can claim SED?
    What information do I need?
    How do I claim?

CIS Tax Refunds

  • CIS Tax Refunds includes:
    What is a CIS Tax Refund?
    How do I get a CIS Tax Refund?
    What is the average CIS Tax Refund?
    Should I fill in my Tax Return myself or use an Accountant?
    CIS Tax Refunds – important to know

Other Tax Refunds

  • Car Tax Refund includes:
    Can I get a refund on my Car Tax/Vehicle Tax?

  • Council Tax Rebate includes:
    Can I claim a Council Tax rebate?

  • Gift Aid includes:
    What is Gift Aid?
    What kind of Donations Apply to Gift Aid?
    Gift Aid Claim Tax Refund!
    How Do I make a Gift Aid Claim?

  • NI Refund includes:
    For the Employed
    Missing National Insurance Years
    National Insurance Refund if you have left the UK
    Class 1 National Insurance and the State Pension Scheme
    National Insurance Refund for the Self Employed

  • VAT Refund includes:
    VAT Refund for Individuals
    VAT Refund if you live in the EU
    VAT Refund if you live outside the EU
    VAT Refund if you work or study in the UK but live outside the EU
    VAT Refund for Business

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Tax Refunds

For more information please see:

Claim a Healthcare Worker Tax Rebate