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I do this for a living... Get the receipts together Bundle them up into tax years. Send recorded delivery with covering letter saying he wants tax relief for them. You MAY get initialy refused but he is due the relief.

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Demon slash is quite correct. You don't have to pay anyone. I charge 30% too but it isn't always straight forward. You'd think every tax office knew what tax law applied to each case - but it isn't like that unfortunately. Sometimes I have to send several letters that point out that the legislation they quote at me is eight years old and so very much out of date. (I am not joking...). I worked for the Revenue for over 24 years so know why that sort of thing happens.

 

So - no form required. Send off your letter and see what their response is. You didn't mention what job he has (in detail). There are mechanics and there are mechanics. There may be scope for other claims.

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Six years (from 6 April 2001) The response you'll get is "if the tools were necessary then his employer would have provided them" "as the employer has't provided them they aren't necessary so he can't have the expense". I'd like to know why the employer hasn't provided them. But, just as importantly why he chose to buy them. The standard Revenue response is incorrect. I presume he has to wash some work clothes (overalls etc) - there's a £45 fixed allowance a year for that. (provided that the employer doesn't offer facilities).

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So if thats what they say in their reply then whats my next step?

 

His employer doesnt provide tools - im not too sure why! But then again when he moves jobs he'll still get to keep his tools so maybe its a good thing?

 

Thanks so much for helping me out - how do you know all this info!

 

Well he doesnt wash his overalls, I have to do it! His employer doesnt provide any facilities for anything! How do i go about claiming the £45 allowance? Can that be backdated to April 2001 aswell?

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Unusual that the employer doesn't provide tools. But provided every employee who is a mechanic where he works has to provide the tools then they are allowable. If he is the only employee then it's going to be so much easier. Best way is to take it one step at a time. Send in the letter and receipts and the claim for laundry of his overalls for each of the six years and let me know their response.

 

Why do I know all this ? - I worked for the Revenue for over 20 years and they paid me to turn down claims like this (although my specialism is residence and foreign taxation). This area is the "simple" part of tax.

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Sent the letter on Wednesday of last week so ill let you know what they say! I rung the tax office and she said pretty much the same as you did but didnt ask me to send in the receipts so ill await a reply probably asking for them? Fingers crossed!

 

Also, found out that his company do provide washing facilities but he just doesnt bother using it so i cant claim that! Never mind!

 

Thanks for your help - ill keep you updated!

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If they provide laundry facilities then it's "personal choice" and you won't get the flat rate of £45. (It's possible to get a higher flat rate allowance - particularly if you work in the health service).

 

Miss COREupted - that's a tax allowance of £45. In cash terms that's about £10 if you're a basic rate taxpayer. It applies if you have any work clothing. That means overalls or something that looks uniformy or has a badge on it. If you have kept receipts you can claim the actual cost and that's determined by what job you do. If you work in a health club for instance you'll have lots of washing and I think that £45 won't cover the cost. But then again you'll be able to claim for the cost of your kit as well.

 

So, it depends on your job...

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Edz,

 

How do you go about claiming the £45 back? I work in the health service and have to wear uniform as part of my manager's job, would that cover it? We do have laundry service at the Home where I am a manager but that is only for the residents, no staff uniforms are permitted to be washed here.

 

Also, why were on the subject of tax :) how do you know if you are due a tax rebate or not? Is it automatic or do you have to ring them up and ask?

 

Thanks

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To claim it back? - send in a letter quoting your national insurance number. If you can be classed as a "nurse" it's £70 per annum; Revenue description below...

 

References to a nurse should be taken for this purpose to include nurses and midwives of all grades and includes auxiliaries, students, nursing assistants and healthcare assistants or workers.

 

So if you ever wield something with a sharp point (other than a pen) in anger you may well fall under the £70 allowance. If you aren't then it will be one of the following categories...

 

1£110

2£70

3£60

4£45

 

 

  1. ambulance staff on active service
  2. chiropodists, dental nurses, occupational, speech, physiotherapists and other therapists, phlebotomists, radiographers
  3. plaster room orderlies, hospital porters, ward clerks, sterile supply workers, hospital domestics, hospital catering staff
  4. laboratory staff, pharmacists and pharmacy assistants, uniformed ancillary staff - maintenance workers, grounds staff, drivers, parking attendants and security guards, receptionists and other uniformed staff.

You more than likely haven't got the allowance but if you have they'll tell you.

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