If you work in food preparation you may be able to obtain a tax refund. 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, chef’s whites or protective clothing you can claim tax back for laundry of this at www.cheftaxrebate.co.uk. You can claim the standard rate of £60 per year. This means you can claim tax back on the allowance at the highest rate of tax you pay, so you’d usually get 20% or 40% of that amount back, which would be £12 or £24 per year. You can also backdate that allowance over the 4 previous tax years so it could be worth between £48 and £96 in total.
What about for buying my own whites and workwear?
The allowance of £60 per year is only for laundry so if you have to purchase specialist clothing such as whites or aprons you can claim for the cost of this too. Many kitchen staff have to purchase non-slip safety shoes, you may also be able to claim tax back on this cost. You can claim for this at the same time as your www.cheftaxrebate.co.uk claim, just enter the amounts you spent on the paper form after entering your details.
What about for knives and utensils?
If you have to purchase knives or utensils for your job you can also claim tax back on this. As before, claim for this at the same time as your www.cheftaxrebate.co.uk claim, just enter the amounts you spent on the paper form after entering your details through the website.
How much will I get back for purchasing specialist clothing and tools for work?
Usually you’ll get the tax back on the amount you spent, which will usually be 20% or 40% of the cost. Don’t worry if the website quotes a lower amount, the rebate will normally be higher if you’ve spent more.
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. If you can’t remember the cost it can help to refer to an equipment store to check how much the items would cost now.
At www.cheftaxrebate.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.
What about the future years?
Once you’ve claimed you should get the allowance automatically in your pay and you shouldn’t need to claim again, however if the subscriptions you pay change you may need to enter another claim to keep the allowances up to date.
How do I claim?
Just visit www.cheftaxrebate.co.uk and enter your details to get the forms to claim. It’s really easy to do and you can complete your part of the claim in less than 5 minutes.
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