If you are a hairdresser you may be able to obtain a tax rebate. This is because you are entitled to claim tax relief on certain costs of your employment that are deemed “wholly and necessarily” for the purposes of your employment. This basically means you can claim back for the cost of things that you needed to do your job.
Uniform Tax Rebate
If you wear a uniform you can claim tax back for laundry of this at www.uniformtaxrebate.co.uk. Your uniform should clearly identify you as an employee or be of a protective nature. Normally for a hairdresser this would mean it would require permanent logos or branding from your employer, however if you have to wear an apron or tunic you could also qualify, regardless of whether they have logos.
Claim for scissors, combs, hairdryers and other equipment
You can also claim for any tools you need to purchase to do your job, so if you purchase your own scissors, combs or hairdryer you can claim for the cost of that too. You can claim for this at the same time as your www.uniformtaxrebate.co.uk claim, just enter the amounts you spent on the paper form after entering your details.
Do I need to provide receipts?
You shouldn’t have to provide receipts but you do need to be able to say roughly what you spent in each year. If you are claiming for a significant amount of expenditure it can help if you can provide a list of the items you purchased and their approximate cost.
At www.uniformtaxrebate.co.uk we’ve come across a few cases where HMRC has rejected claims because receipts weren’t provided, however we have successfully contested these and obtained compensation where the claims were incorrectly rejected. If you claimed through us and HMRC rejects your claim for this reason you can return details to us and we will contest their decision.
If I don’t have receipts how can I work out how much I spent?
You’ve probably got an idea of which items you’ve bought; you may even still have all of the equipment you purchased in the last 4 years. List all the things you can remember buying, it’s possible that you may forget something but it’s usually still worth claiming on the items you can remember buying.
Once you’ve got your list if you can’t remember how much each item cost you can usually value the items by looking at what they would cost now on a hairdressing supplies website. Once you’ve done that you just need to add up the total to work out what you spent in each year.
How much is it worth?
You usually get the tax back on what you spent, so for a £100 pair of scissors you’d get £20 back in tax, a £50 hairdryer £10 and a £20 brush £4 and so on. On top of that you’d get the uniform laundry allowance which is worth around £12 per year. It’s worth claiming for the other expenditure if you have it as it will significantly increase your rebate.
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