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Uniforms are required in more or less every area of work. Be it from frontline workers such as the police force and health workers to call centre employees and lorry drivers. Individuals who work in sectors with uniform will have their own opinions on being told what they have to wear but, on the whole, are uniforms an asset or an expense? Many studies have shown the benefits to companies of implementing uniform policies, which mainly come from increased staff productivity and morale. However, it is also forgotten that there are also many financial incentives with regards to uniform wearing in the UK.

Work Clothing Tax Rebate

The Uniform Tax Rebate allows you to claim tax relief for your work equipment expenses. To qualify for this UK governmental scheme you must have paid tax in the year you are claiming for. You can’t qualify if your employer gives you all the money back that you spent on work uniform/equipment or if they have provided an alternative (for example if your employer has given you a laptop but you want a different type or model).

The scheme works where the amount of tax relief you get is based on what you’ve spent at the rate which you pay tax. For example, if you spent £60 on uniform and pay tax at a rate of 20% in that year, the tax relief you can claim is £12.

Claim Flat Rate Expenses for Uniforms, Work Clothing and Tools

There is also a similar government scheme whereby you can claim flat rate expenses for uniforms, work clothing and tools that are required for your role. To qualify, you must be employed by someone and clean your work uniform yourself or spend your own money repairing or replacing it. You don’t qualify if your employer pays all of your expenses. The scheme also includes items such as work clothing (non-uniform) and tools which you require.

This scheme works the same as the previous scheme whereby the amount of relief you get depends on the rate at which you pay tax. For example, if you spent £60 on uniform and pay tax at a rate of 20% in that year, the tax relief you can claim is £12.

Why This Matters

Did you know that the average worker in the UK spends 16 percent of their salary on work-related expenses with the vast majority of these expenses being on uniform? Taking into account the average UK salary stands at around £29,000, this means that on average each employee in the UK racks up a bill of £1812 each year on work-related costs.

Upon acknowledging the schemes in place and the average amount each employee in the country spends on work-related expenses it is clear to see that there is a significant cash amount that people could be claiming back which they aren’t yet aware of.

Raising awareness of this will not only allow that cash to be put back in the pockets of employees, but it also couldn’t come at a better time for the millions currently undergoing financial hardships due to the economic situation the country find itself in.


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