The savings pro tipped viewers of his ITV show off that if they work in any kind of uniform, they are eligible to claim an allowance to cover the cost of washing or repairing it

Hundreds of thousands of Brits could be missing out on their chance for a huge tax rebate next month, according to savings expert Martin Lewis. 

The savings pro tipped viewers of his ITV show off that if they work in any kind of uniform, they are eligible to claim an allowance to cover the cost of washing or repairing it.

Uniforms can include anything from a fully kitted nurses or police uniform, to a simple branded t-shirt. However, the tax does not apply to people in the armed forces, as the cost of maintaining their uniform is included in their tax code.  

The minimum allowance of £60 a year even applies to married couples, and could mean £12 a year gain on the basic rate of tax, or £24 on the higher. 

You can still claim the whole year’s relief even if you only had to wear the uniform on one day within the tax year. 

The savings pro tipped viewers of his ITV show off that if they work in any kind of uniform, they are eligible to claim an allowance to cover the cost of washing or repairing it

The savings pro tipped viewers of his ITV show off that if they work in any kind of uniform, they are eligible to claim an allowance to cover the cost of washing or repairing it

The savings pro tipped viewers of his ITV show off that if they work in any kind of uniform, they are eligible to claim an allowance to cover the cost of washing or repairing it

He also told his viewer about a rebate which married couples can claim if one person does not pay income tax, and the other pays the basic rate

He also told his viewer about a rebate which married couples can claim if one person does not pay income tax, and the other pays the basic rate

He also told his viewer about a rebate which married couples can claim if one person does not pay income tax, and the other pays the basic rate

Who can claim the uniform tax rebate? 

You could be eligible for a uniform tax rebate if:

  • You wear a recognisable uniform that shows you’ve got a certain job, such as a branded T-shirt, nurse or police uniform
  • Your employer requires you to wear it while you’re working. This means you have no other option but to buy it. 
  • You have to purchase, clean, repair or replace it yourself. However, you can’t claim if your employer washes your kit, provides facilities to do so (even if you don’t use them) or pays you for doing this maintenance.
  • You paid income tax in the year you are claiming for

Some occupations, however, are set more specific limits including ambulance staff, firefighters, pilots and mechanics.

Firefighters and fire officers get £80, pilots and co-pilots can claim £1,022 and mechanics’ allowance is £120. 

Nurses and midwives can also claim for shoes, socks and tights in addition to their standard allowance of £125. 

In addition to the current year’s allowance, you can backdate your claim by up to four tax years. Currently, that includes 2018/19, 2019/20, 2020/21, and 2021/2022) – a total of five years. 

The rebate is simple to access, and can be done online or via post. 

He also told his viewer about a rebate which married couples can claim if one person does not pay income tax, and the other pays the basic rate. It also includes people in civil partnerships. 

In these cases, the non-taxpayer is able to transfer a portion of their income tax allowance to their spouse, which can result in over £200 a year back in your own pocket.  

He urged people to put his tips into action quickly as the tax year end in April is the cut off. Those entitled to the allowance in the 2018/19 tax year would have to claim by April 5 this year. 

If found eligible, those who apply will continue to get the refund unless their circumstance change, such as the non-taxpaying partner beginning to pay income tax. 

He also shared a smart tip on PPI claims made before the August 2019 deadline to reclaim any money lost in an automatic 20 per cent tax deduction. 

He advised anyone who was paid their claim in 2018/19 to check if tax was paid. If so, they can claim the money back using an R40 form through gov.uk.  

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