Nurse Tax Relief Information
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The vast majority of nurses are 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. Once you have made your first nurse tax relief claim, your tax code is generally increased to reflect the amount of expenses you claimed. The tax code increase means you pay less tax in 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
- 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 £125 per tax year possible for the last four tax years starting from the 2015/2016 tax year.
Claim Nurse Tax Relief for the cost of shoes and tights
- 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 2015/2016 tax year.
Claim Nurse Tax Relief for professional fees
- 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. Each organisation negotiates its own deal with HMRC on behalf of its members. 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.
Claim Nurse Tax Relief for use of own car or public transport for work
- 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?
- If you use your own vehicle and you are not reimbursed the full mileage rate of 45p per mile up to 10,000 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 must provide mileage records showing the details of your work journeys and any reimbursement made by your employer. For example, the latter can simply be your payslips.
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 2018-2019 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%, 40% or 45% depending on which tax bracket you fall into.
Nurse Tax Rebate Reasons
You could be entitled to a tax rebate for varying reasons, for example:
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.
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.
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.
For further Tax Refund information, please follow the links below: