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    Default Claiming money back for washing uniform at home?

    Hi I'm a chef and I was told today by a friend that its possible to claim some money back from the tax office because I wash my whites (uniform) at home daily. He said that I can back date it for 6 yearsicon and get 60 back a year.
    Does anybody know if this is true and if so how do you go about doing it?

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    Hi Yankeeruinx,

    As far As I am aware....yes you can.

    Contact your local IR office and they will help.


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    I just put it in writing to my tax office and they gave me an allowance for washing - and shoes! I also asked them to backdate for 6 yearsicon which they kindly did. Now I get the allowance automatically on my tax code every year

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    Default Re: Claiming money back for washing uniform at home?

    There is also a company that does this for you but they take a whopping 40% commission on any tax rebate you get.

    Poppy - how did you go about this? My flatmate has used the service I hav referred to above and was told by the tax office that he needs to have specific details - costs etc. I'm clueless on tax (and so's he).

    Maybe we should have a tax claim thread (go on - I bet there is already!)


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    Default Re: Claiming money back for washing uniform at home?

    I think I just estimated the costs of doing two washes a week, plus two pairs of shoes a year and sent them the figures.

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    Default Re: Claiming money back for washing uniform at home?

    Depends on the tax office how much proof they require. If it's obvious 'cos of your occupation that you've needed the service for the last ?6 yearsicon (I actually understood it was 7, but that maybe counts this tax year in) they will usually accept without proof - guess your flatmate, gyzmo, was unlucky. However if you have receipts (or can get copies of payments etc.) from laundry, CC or bank you've no probs. If you can keep latest receipts & produce those they may allow the period you're claiming for too.
    When I was working I had to wear a suit everyday but also had to get it more dirty than normal workday wear (don't ask!) & actually claimed the dry cleaning expenses.


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    Default Re: Claiming money back for washing uniform at home?

    Note: You can also claim costs of replacement of uniform (chef's trousers etc.) if you have to pay for those yourself & don't get provided by or an allowance form employer.


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    Default Re: Claiming money back for washing uniform at home?

    you can claim unless their are cleaning services provided by your employer, just talk to your tax office


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    Default Re: Claiming money back for washing uniform at home?

    Here is a list from tax website of agreed allowances

    Other expenses: flat rate expenses: table of agreed amounts for 2004/05 onwards

    If your job is one on the list then you need to contact your tax office with your occupation details,how long you have been employed,NI number and employers address and it should automactically be done.

    This is what I did and it was all done very quickly.

    Hope this helps



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    Default Re: Claiming money back for washing uniform at home?

    can anyone working for any company claim this? i had a job where company would supply a shirt, i had to supply everything else, i know am provided a whole suit (minus shoes), what would i be entitled to, if anything?

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