HMRC prompt workers to reclaim tax relief where due

30 November 2018

HMRC have provided non-technical guidance on to help workers to understand whether they may be able to make a claim.

A calculator is also available to help calculate what amount may be due.

Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP, said:

“We know what a difference tax relief can make to hard-working customers, especially at this time of year. HMRC is keen to make sure customers get all the relief they’re entitled to, by using the online service.”

“Tax relief isn’t available for all employment expenses, so the online Check If You Can Claim tool is very helpful – then if your claim is approved, your full tax relief will be paid directly into your bank account.”

Common examples include:

  • repairing or replacing small tools needed to do their job (for example, scissors or an electric drill)
  • cleaning, repairing or replacing specialist clothing (for example, a branded uniform or safety boots)
  • business mileage (but not for the cost of commuting)
  • travel and overnight expenses
  • professional fees and subscriptions


The top professions most likely to make a claim include:

  • Healthcare workers
  • people working in food and retail
  • workers in the construction industry