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Wash Your Uniform? Pay Professional Fees? Average Tax Rebate Over £900!If you work as a doctor, nurse, midwife, health visitor or healthcare assistant, or in another healthcare profession, you are probably eligible for tax relief. You may be able to claim a healthcare worker tax rebate for certain clothing and laundry costs, or for professional fees such as union membership. In many cases you can backdate your claim for tax relief for up to four tax years.

Find out more about claiming a Healthcare worker tax rebate by following the links below:

* Can I Claim Tax Relief for Professional Fees?

* Can I Claim Tax Relief for the Cost of Shoes and Tights?

* What about Tax Relief for Laundry Costs?

* Can I claim Tax Relief for Business Mileage?

* Can I claim Tax Relief for Specialist Equipment?

Can I Claim Tax Relief for Professional Fees?

You can claim tax relief for membership of many professional bodies, including Royal College of Nursing, The British Medical Association, and Unison.

You can backdate a tax rebate claim for professional fees for up to four years. After you have made a tax rebate claim, the professional membership fees will be included in your tax code, which means you will pay less tax in the future, as long as you remain a member of that professional body.

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Can I Claim Tax Relief for the Cost of Shoes and Tights?

If you are required to wear certain shoes or tights while at work, you may be able to claim tax relief for the cost of these items. At present, there is a flat rate of £6 for tights and £12 for shoes during each tax year. You can only claim tax relief for shoes and tights bought for work purposes that you have paid for yourself, and only if you have not been reimbursed by your employer. You can usually backdate your claim for up to four years.

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What about Tax Relief for Laundry Costs?

If your employer does not provide washing facilities or laundry vouchers for the clothes you wear at work, you can usually claim tax relief for the cost of laundering your work clothes. 

  1. At present there is a flat rate for laundry costs of £100 annually, or £70 for years up to and including 2007-08. You can usually backdate your claim for up to four tax years.
  2. You can only claim tax relief for laundry costs on specialist clothing or uniform that you wear for work purposes, and if you pay those costs yourself.

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Can I claim Tax Relief for Business Mileage?

You can usually claim tax relief if you use your own car for work purposes. This is often called business mileage.  You cannot claim business mileage for ordinary commuting to a single permanent place of work.

However, you can claim business mileage for travelling between different places of work, such as visiting various clinics or clients’ homes.

  1. The business mileage rate is set by HMRC. In 2011-12 this is 0.45p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 0.25p per mile thereafter.  You can backdate a claim for business mileage for up to four tax years, although the rate set is different for previous years. For example, for the tax year 2010-11 the rate is 0.40p per mile for the first 10,000 miles and 0.25p per mile thereafter.
  2. If you receive an allowance for mileage from your employer, but this allowance is less than the business mileage rate set by HMRC, you can make a business mileage claim for the difference. If the mileage rate paid by your employer is taxed, you can also claim a rebate for this. 

Full details of locations visited and records of mileage travelled should be provided in support of a business mileage claim. However, if you did not keep these records you may still be awarded tax relief.

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Can I claim Tax Relief for Specialist Equipment?

You can claim tax relief for equipment, tools and assets that you buy for work use in the Health Sector. This may include a lap-top computer or a desk. The equipment should have been bought specifically for you to complete your job, and you cannot claim for equipment provided by your employer, or if you have been reimbursed for the purchase.

You can make a capital allowances claim for equipment, tools and assets that you have bought for professional use. You should provide a receipt or proof of purchase for all capital allowance claims. Items bought for professional use can usually be claimed under capital allowance rules if they are expected to last two or more years.

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