If you are a Nurse you may be able to claim a tax rebate. This is because you are allowed to claim tax relief on certain expenses of your employment. Most of these reliefs usually go unclaimed because it’s the employee’s responsibility to record and report expenses incurred to HMRC.
What can I claim for?
1. NMC fees
If you are required to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council you can claim tax relief on the cost of the subscriptions. Typically anyone registered with the NMC can claim tax relief at around £20 per year or £40 per year for higher rate taxpayers.
You can also claim additional tax back on any fees you paid to register a subsequent qualification.
If you are already claiming tax relief on NMC fees it’s worth remembering that as NMC fees increased last year you may now be able to claim a bit more tax back.
2. RCN membership
If you are a member of the Royal College of Nursing you can also claim tax relief on those subscriptions. If you pay the highest subscription rate you could be due around £39-£78 per year in tax. If you are a health care assistant (HCA) you can also claim tax relief on RCN subscriptions paid at the HCA rate which is worth £20-£40 per year.
2. Union membership
Union membership isn’t usually tax deductible, however if you work in healthcare you can claim tax relief on membership fees with Unison. The amount on which you are allowed to claim tax relief is restricted, however if you pay the highest subscription rate you could be due around £35-£70 per year in tax.
3. Professional indemnity insurance
If you have to pay professional indemnity insurance, for instance through providers such as the MPS (Medical Protection Society) you can also claim the tax back on the cost of your premiums. You’d usually get 20%-40% of what you paid back in tax.
4. Upkeep of equipment and uniform
Nurses are given an allowance to cover the cost of upkeep and laundry of their uniforms; this can be worth between £20 and £40 per year in tax, depending on which rate of tax you pay.
Nurses can also claim an additional allowance for shoes and tights. The allowance is relatively small but it can increase any rebate and tax relief by £3-£7 per year.
For the purposes of claiming these allowances HMRC has a broad definition of a nurse which includes “nurses and midwives of all grades and includes auxiliaries, students, nursing assistants and healthcare assistants or workers”. This definition will include most care workers so most workers engaged in nursing or direct patient care can be classed as nurses when it comes to making a claim.
Can I backdate my claim?
You can backdate your claim over the previous 4 tax years, even if you’ve had multiple jobs or left your job in nursing. For the current and future tax years you can get tax relief through your tax code which means you’ll get a bit less tax deducted from your pay packet.
How do I claim?
If you enter your details at www.nmc-taxrebate.co.uk you can get the forms to start your claim straight away.
Why claim through you?
We’re the UK’s leading specialist in this type of claim and we paid out more than 70,000 rebates last year alone. Unlike other companies we’re a member firm of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales and we are fully qualified to give tax advice, we’re not just a claims handler. If you’ve followed other advice and claimed before we’d still like to take on your claim as there is a good chance that we can claim some extra tax back for you. If you aren’t entitled to a rebate it won’t cost you anything.