Uniform Cleaning Allowance
If you wear a uniform to work and your employer provides no laundry facilities, you can claim a tax allowance every year for the cost of cleaning your uniform. The amount you can claim depends on your occupation – the table below lists the allowances for some occupations.
|Ambulance staff on active service
|Nurses, midwives, dental nurses, therapists, healthcare assistants
|Plaster room orderlies, hospital porters, ward clerks, sterile supply workers, hospital domestics and hospital catering staff
|Laboratory staff, pharmacists and pharmacy assistants
|Uniformed ancillary staff: maintenance workers, grounds staff, drivers, parking attendants and security guards, receptionists
and other uniformed staff
As this is a flat rate allowance, you don’t need to provide receipts or any proof of the actual cost of cleaning your Professional fees and subscriptions.
If you pay fees to professional bodies or unions such as Unison, over 70% of nurses missing out on tax relief warns NMC, HCPC or SSSC, or if you pay professional indemnity insurance (eg to Medical Protection Society) you can claim tax relief every year on these costs. HMRC will usually allow you to claim 20% of the cost of these expenses.
Mileage Allowance Relief
If you use your own car for work, you may be able to claim an additional tax rebate for mileage. You can claim upto 45p per mile for each business journey you make – for example, you may be a domestic nurse who visits patients in their own home. If you receive less than 45p per mile for from your employer, you can claim tax relief on the difference from HMRC.
Shoes and stockings/tights allowance
You can claim an allowance of £12 per year if you are required to wear special types of shoes (eg non-slip) in the workplace. If you are required to wear stocking/tights (or socks for men) of a particular color, then you can claim additional tax relief of £6 per year.