If you work in the gambling industry you may be able to obtain a tax refund. This is because you can claim tax back on some of the expenses of your job.
Uniform Tax Rebate
If you wear a uniform you can claim tax back for laundry of this at www.uniformtaxrebate.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.
Gambling Commission Personal Function Licences (PFL)
This licence allows an employee to carry out activities involving gaming or handling cash in relation to gambling. Currently, the Commission only requires casino employees to hold a Personal Functional Licence.
Examples of employees who should have personal functional licences are:
- Dealers and croupiers in respect of casino games
- Pit bosses and gaming supervisors
- Security staff and surveillance related to gaming activities
A PFL licence costs £185 and if you have to buy it yourself you can claim tax back on the cost, this is usually between £37 and £74 per licence. You can claim for this at the same time as your www.uniformtaxrebate.co.uk claim, just write the amounts you spent on the paper form after entering your details.
Are any other expenses I can claim for?
Certain employees in the gambling industry, such as door supervisors, CCTV operators, security guards and cash handlers may also be required to purchase an SIA (Security Industry Authority) licence. You can claim for this at the same time as your www.uniformtaxrebate.co.uk claim, just write the amounts you spent on the paper form after entering your details. We can help you out with SIA registration cost rates so you won’t need to go through your old bank statements.
You get the tax back on the amount you paid for the registration so it’s usually £44 to £88 per registration. You may have to purchase more than one SIA licence depending on the activities you perform in your job. If you have to buy a licence for manned guarding, cash and valuables in transit, close protection, door supervision, security guarding and public space supervision (CCTV) you can claim for each licence which could total £264 to £528 in tax back over 4 years.
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.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.
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.uniformtaxrebate.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.