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Tax Refunds

Reclaiming overpaid tax is easier with Online Tax and Accounts than with anyone else. So, why not give us a call on 020 3318 5714 to discuss what needs to be done.



Tax Refunds for Uniformed Workers

If you are a uniformed employee, you may be eligible for a tax Refunds. If you answer “Yes” to any of the following, you could be eligible for a tax rebate.

  • Are you employed?
  • Do you wear a uniform or specialist clothing for work?
  • Do you have to wash your uniform at home?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

01. Can you claim a tax rebate for washing / laundering your uniform at home?
If you are provided a uniform from your employer which you have to maintain and you are not provided laundering facilities by your employer HMRC will allow a tax rebate claim to be made for the last four tax years.

02. What is defined by a uniform tax rebate?
Employed people are eligible to tax relief on a variety of work-related expenses. One of which is if you wear a recognisable work uniform. The tax refund will apply to cover the cost of repairing, washing and replacing this type of specialist work uniform. For tax purposes a uniform can be defined as an item of clothing which is used for work purposes

03. Are you eligible for a uniform tax refund?
To be eligible for a tax refund, the following must be applicable to you,

  • You wear a recognisable uniform for work purposes.

  • You wear this uniform at workplace.

  • You must pay to clean/repair or replace the uniform yourself.

  • You are a UK tax payer and have paid tax for the years you are going to apply for a uniform tax refund.

04. How long will my rebate take?
It will take between 4 to 8 weeks. But in some occasions it will take more depending on how busy HMRC is.



Tax Refunds for Employed People

Over 1/3 or UK’s working population is eligible for a tax refund based on one of the following reasons. The professional accountants at Online Tax and Accounts will help you to assess your situation and get the tax refund you are eligible for.

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions you may be due a tax rebate: 1. Do you wash your own work uniform or clothes that have a logo? 2. Do you use your own car, motorcycle or cycle for business purposes? 3. Do you pay for your own tools? 4. On business trips do you pay for meals or hotels? 5. Do you pay for professional subscriptions?

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

01. When is your tax refund due? Your tax refund will be due in one of the following instances.

  • You were only employed for part of the tax year - and didn't get any taxable state benefits for the rest of the tax year after you stopped working
  • You retired part way through the tax year
  • Your employer was using the wrong tax code
  • You're a student and only worked in the holidays but didn't complete a form P38(S) Student Employees
  • You were made redundant and couldn't get another job
  • You received payments after leaving such as arrears of pay, payments in lieu of notice, unpaid holiday pay, redundancy or termination payments

02. How much tax refund can I expect?
This will depend on your personal circumstances, what you pay out in work related expenses and whether you are employed or self-employed. Another factor that will determine the amount of refund is your personal tax code and whether or not you may have overpaid or underpaid tax previously.

03. How long does it take to claim a tax refund?
It will take between 4 to 8 weeks. But in some occasions it will take more depending on how busy HMRC is

04. How many years can I claim back?
You can claim for expenses on a tax refund up to previous 4 years.




Tax Refund for Expenses incurred on Tools and Equipment

Have you purchased any tools of equipment or any specialised clothing for your work? If so, you may be eligible for a tax refund claim. So why not get in touch with us, so that we can help you to get your refund.

Emergency Tax Code
An emergency tax code is a code that either your employer or pension provider uses under special circumstances until HMRC has sufficient amount of information about your income to enable HMRC to send your correct tax code. The purpose of the emergency tax code is to make sure that you get the basic personal allowance, but doesn't take into account any other allowances or reliefs you may be entitled to.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

01. When will you be put under the emergency tax code?

  • You've started a new job and haven't got a P45 from your previous employer for the same tax year
  • You've started your first job since the start of the tax year and haven't been receiving any taxable state benefits or a pension of any form
  • You’ve started a new job but you've had another job or other jobs or received taxable state benefits during the year
  • You've started a new job and were previously self-employed
  • There's been a change in your tax code during the year

02. How do I know whether I’m under the emergency tax code?
The emergency tax code for 2012-13 is 810L

03. How can you get the correct tax code?
Once HMRC has details of your previous income and tax paid for the respective tax year, they send your employer and you your correct tax code. Your employer will deduct the correct tax in future and refund any overpaid tax.



Mileage Allowance

You may be able to get tax relief for business mileage when you use your own vehicle on business, or for fuel you buy when you use a company car. You can go back several years to get the relief. However, the time you've got depends on whether you've previously sent in a self assessment tax return.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

01. What counts as business mileage?
Business mileage is mileage you travel doing your job. It can include travel to a temporary work place but it doesn't include:

  • Normal travel between home (or anywhere that is not a workplace) and your permanent workplace
  • Private travel

02. Tax relief for business mileage in your own vehicle You may be able to get tax relief for business mileage if you use your own vehicle for work. It can be a car, van, motorcycle or cycle.

Tax Refund Guide

01. What is a tax refund?

In certain situations you may find yourself eligible for a tax refund. This happens when you're working and you end up paying too much Income Tax. This happens particularly if you change jobs or have more than one job at the same time. If you think you've paid too much tax you can take some simple steps to apply for a refund.
02. How do you know that you are eligible for a tax refund?

You will know that you have overpaid tax if:
  • You started a new job and had an emergency tax code for a while
  • Your employer was using the wrong tax code
  • You were only employed for part of the year
  • You're a student who only worked at holiday times and didn't complete form P38S Student Employees
  • You had more than one job at the same time
  • Other income you have that is taxed through your tax code for example, savings/investment income has reduced since you last told HMRC about it which directly means that the amount of income included in your tax code is too high
  • You stopped working and didn't get any taxable earnings or benefits for the rest of the tax year
  • Your circumstances changed; for example you changed from full to part-time working or became self-employed You were made redundant
  • You received payments after leaving such as arrears of pay, payments in lieu of notice, unpaid holiday pay, redundancy or termination payments including compensation for loss of office or employment
03. How to reclaim PAYE overpayments of this year and last year?

The way you reclaim this year's and last year's overpaid tax will depend on your situation.
If you are an employee, you need to get in touch with HMRC and tell them why you think you've paid too much tax. HMRC may already have everything they need to check your claim. If not, HMRC will inform you what information they need. Any refund due for this year will be included with your wages. HMRC will send you any refund due for last year.
04. How to reclaim self assessment tax?

If you think you've paid too much tax under your self assessment tax return HMRC will make a repayment by,
  • Putting it in your Self Assessment account to set against future tax bills
  • Repayment direct to your bank or building society account
  • By cheque
05. Have you overpaid tax through your pension?

Common reasons why you may have overpaid tax through your pension
  • Your pension provider has used the wrong tax code by mistake or they don't have the right personal information for you
  • Your taxable State benefits or other taxable income has reduced and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) don't know about it
  • The amount of annual state pension included in your tax code is wrong
  • You have more than one tax code because you have several pensions or pension and employment income and you haven't used up all your allowances on your first tax code although
  • your other tax codes assume that you have
  • You have received one or more pension lump sums
06. Claiming a tax refund when you stop work

This can happen if you had been paying tax through PAYE as an employee and,
  • You were only employed for part of the tax year and didn't get any taxable state benefits for the rest of the tax year after you stopped working
  • You retired part way through the tax year
  • Your employer was using the wrong tax code
  • You're a student and only worked in the holidays but didn't complete a form P38(S) student employees
  • You were made redundant and couldn't get another job
  • You received payments after leaving such as arrears of pay, payments in lieu of notice, unpaid holiday pay, redundancy or termination payments including compensation for loss of office or employment

Contact us now on info@onlinetaxandaccounts.co.uk. We will make it easier for you to get your tax refund