PAYE Tax Rebates for the Construction Industry

‘Tax Rebate’ – two of the sweetest words in the English language. 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. If you’re on PAYE, you can claim back tax against certain expenses.

Can I get a tax rebate as a PAYE builder?

The short answer is yes! Any PAYE construction worker is 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:

  • The first is anything to do with 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.
  • In the same way, you are entitled to claim back expenses for your meals whilst travelling for work (also known as Subsistence costs) and any accommodation costs you incur too. (Obviously, there are set limits to these, so don’t expect to start claiming back caviar receipts from the Hilton!)
  • You can also claim back tax on maintenance for tools, equipment or uniform (for instance if you have to replace or repair a small tool, or have your liveried clothing laundered), as long as it’s related to a specific job and is necessarily incurred as an expense. Tools can be anything you use for work, from drills to tape measures. Take a look at our guide to claiming tax back on tools for more information.
  • Lastly, you can claim back anything you’ve spent on your profession, such as trade union fees or magazine subscriptions.

For a full breakdown of everything you can claim for, take a look at our builder’s expenses guide or visit the HMRC website.

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 around £500 – £1500 – not an amount to be sniffed at. Give our tax rebate calculator a whirl to check if you qualify and see how much you might get.

How can I claim my PAYE tax rebate?

To get started with your tax rebate, you can download a tax pack from Brian Alfred specially created for PAYE builders here. Just fill it in and send it back to us along with proof of all your expenses such as receipts and invoices.

Can Brian Alfred do anything else to help?

As soon as Brian Alfred’s specialist tax team receives your form back, they’ll look at everything to make sure you’re maximising your rebate and that everything is filled in properly.

Best of all, when you use Brian Alfred you’re all but guaranteed to have the full PAYE builder’s tax rebate in your bank within 24 hours. We’ll send you what you’re entitled immediately, so you don’t have to wait around for HMRC. You can just get on with spending it! To find out more, give our team a call on 0800 464 0353 or request your tax pack today.