Can I claim tax relief on clothing?

Can I claim tax relief on clothing?

Business consultant asks:

Can I claim tax relief on the clothing I wear for business meetings and suchlike? It’s expected in my industry that we have to look smart so I have to spend a fair bit on suits and shoes etc. It would be good if I could get tax relief on this cost.

Acumenica answers:

You generally cannot claim tax relief on the cost of clothing unless it is specific work-related protective clothing or a uniform. HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has strict guidelines on what qualifies as allowable expenses for tax relief. 

Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Work Uniforms and Protective Clothing:
  • You can usually claim tax relief for the cost of uniforms and protective clothing that you have to wear for work. The clothing must be necessary for your job, and it should not be suitable for everyday wear.
  • The uniform or protective clothing should display a company logo, or it should be recognized as a uniform for your profession.

     2. Non-Work Clothing:

  • Everyday clothing, even if you wear it to work, is generally not eligible for tax relief. This includes suits, shirts, and regular work attire that could also be worn outside of work.

     3. Cleaning and Repair Costs:

  • You may be able to claim tax relief for the cost of cleaning, repairing, or replacing your work uniform or protective clothing.

     4. Employer Reimbursement:

  • If your employer provides reimbursement for the cost of uniforms or protective clothing, this may affect your eligibility for tax relief.