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Saving Money on Workwear: What is Uniform Tax and How Can I Claim It?


There are many benefits that come with wearing a workplace uniform, especially when it is personalised with your company name or logo. When wearing a uniform, you don’t have to waste time deciding what to wear every morning, and workwear will often protect the wearer from the dangers associated with a specific industry.

Many employers require employees to wear a uniform that is smart and clean at all times, however this demands numerous washing cycles. It’s not cheap to constantly keep washing your uniform in order to comply with workplace standards, but fear not, as the government has put the uniform tax legislation in place.

So, what is uniform tax?

Simply put, it means that if you wear some kind of workplace uniform or protective clothing and wash this clothing yourself, you could be entitled to a tax refund from the HMRC. The government have many legislations in place that allow workers to claim tax relief on job expenses, and uniform tax is a great example of the steps the government continue to take in order to minimise workplace expenses.

Whilst not everyone is entitled to claim uniform tax, research revealed that 2 in 3 employees who wear a uniform or protective clothing in the workplace can claim against such expenses.

Can I claim uniform tax?

There are three questions you need to ask yourself, the first is “do I wear a distinguishable uniform?” In other words, would the general public know what industry you worked in just by looking at your uniform alone?

The second question to ask is, “does my workwear protect me from workplace dangers?” This doesn’t just refer to workers that wear high visibility garments on a construction site. Tunics and aprons can protect beauticians from hot wax, chemicals and more, whilst scrubs can protect doctors and nurses from body fluids and spillages.

Lastly, does your uniform have a brand logo? If so, your clothes are officially regarded as embroidered workwear for uniform tax purposes. Even if only one garment displays your logo, you could claim uniform tax on all items of clothing used as a uniform.

If you answered ‘yes’ to all three questions, then you may be able eligible for a tax rebate!

Unfortunately, if you wear your own clothes in the workplace, or if you are required to follow a strict dress code (e.g. a suit and tie), then you will not be eligible and will not be able to claim uniform tax.

It is also worth noting that if your company offers a washing service whereby your uniform can be washed free of charge, you cannot claim uniform tax.

How do I claim uniform tax?

It’s pretty easy to claim uniform tax. All you need to do is head over to the government website, check how much you could be entitled to, and get in contact with them to explain the information you have collected so far. If you’re unsure whether you meet the specific criteria, then you can do a quick and easy ‘claim check’ on the government website.

Now you understand the options available to you when it comes to claiming against uniform expenses, you can have complete peace of mind knowing that you can look and feel great at work without having to cover the cost of expensive energy bills every month.

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