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Guide to PAYE Tax Rebates

Published: 26 June 2017

Two of the sweetest words in the English language: tax rebate. But there’s a difference between knowing you’re entitled to a tax rebate and actually claiming it.

Here we’ve explained everything you need to know about claiming, from who’s eligible to how we can help. So getting the money you’re entitled to should be a lot quicker and easier.

What is a PAYE construction worker?

A PAYE worker is anyone who pays their National Insurance and tax as they earn.

Can I get a tax rebate as a PAYE builder?

If you are a PAYE construction worker, you are entitled to a tax rebate on a number of expenses. Even better, you can backdate claims to anything within the last four years.

What can I claim tax on as a PAYE builder?

There are four main categories that PAYE builders can claim for:

  • Travel: If you drive to a temporary site in your own vehicle, you can claim mileage on your fuel, and if you get public transport, you can claim back the tax on ticket costs.
  • Subsistence: In the same way, you are entitled to claim back expenses for your meals while travelling for work (also known as subsistence costs) and any accommodation costs you incur too. These costs have a set limit.
  • Maintenance: You can also claim back tax on maintenance for tools, equipment, or uniform, as long as it’s related to a specific job and is necessarily incurred as an expense. Examples include replacing or repairing a small tool or having your liveried clothing laundered. Tools can be anything you use for work, from drills to tape measures. Our guide to claiming tax back on tools contains more information.
  • Profession: Lastly, you can claim back anything you’ve spent on your profession. These could include things like trade union fees or magazine subscriptions.

For a full breakdown of everything you can claim, read our builder’s guide to expenses.

How much can I get back through my tax rebate?

That depends entirely on how much you’ve spent, but tax rebates typically come in between £500 to £1500.

How can I claim my PAYE tax rebate?

To begin the tax rebate claim process, download our tax pack. Fill it in and send it back to us, including proof of all your expenses, such as receipts and invoices.

Can Brian Alfred do anything else to help?

As soon as we receive your form, we’ll make sure everything is filled in properly to maximise your tax rebate.

To find out more, get in touch with our team.

Need help?

We look after limited companies, sole traders, freelancers, contractors and CIS workers.

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