Tools for Work Use
Tools Tax Rebate Information For The Employed
If you are employed by a company and need to use tools in your job, and you have paid for these yourself, you may be able to claim tax back on tools. This applies to many kinds of tradespeople and engineers.
On this page you will find information about:
When am I eligible for tax relief on tools, equipment and specialist clothing?
You can usually claim tax back on tools or other equipment that you use during your work, if you have paid for these yourself.
This also applies to specialist clothing required for you to complete your job. You can only claim tax back on tools, equipment or clothing that have been purchased specially to use in your work, and you cannot claim if your employer has reimbursed you for the costs.
What are Flat Rate Expenses?
If you are eligible for tax relief for tools and specialist equipment or clothing, you can usually claim a flat rate deduction.
In most circumstances you do not need to provide receipts. You may be able to backdate your claim for up to four years.
The flat rate expenses are included in your tax code, so that you will need to pay less tax in future years. The amount of flat rate expenses that can be claimed is determined by HMRC. If your spending on tools and equipment exceeds the annual flat rate, you may be better off claiming tax relief through a capital allowances claim instead.
What are Capital Allowances?
You may be able to claim a tool tax rebate for tools and specialist equipment through a capital allowances claim.
In this case, full receipts or proof of purchase will be required. You may be able to claim for purchases made at any time in the past, if receipts or proof of purchase are available. A tool tax rebate capital allowances claim can only be made for tools, equipment or specialist clothing purchased solely for your work. You can only make a tool tax rebate capital allowances claim for certain items, according to HMRC regulations, and items must pass testing requirements where necessary.
What about tax relief for specialist clothing?
Depending on your job, you may also be able to claim tax relief for the replacement, repair and cleaning of specialist clothing such as gloves or boots.
This only applies if you have paid for the original item, and have not been reimbursed by your employer.
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