Am I due a tax refund?

A tax refund or tax rebate is the money that you get back from HRMC if you paid too much in tax. By law, if you're travelling to temporary workplaces and paying to make your own way there, you could get a tax refund. On average, a 4-year tax refund claimed through RIFT amounts to £2,500.

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£2,500 - That's the average 4 year claim. Don't miss out!

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Tax rebate experts since 1999

We've helped claim back over £135 million of over paid tax from HMRC since 1999 for over 55,000 people just like you. There are no hidden costs and all aftercare is included. We're the only company in the tax refund business to have been awarded the ICS Service Mark for outstanding customer service. It makes no difference what your job is; if your employer doesn’t pay your travel expenses in full, you could get a tax rebate.  

It doesn't even stop with travel. You might be owed expenses for things like washing your work uniform or buying your lunch that you could claim a tax refund for. RIFT Refunds can even get tax refunds if you've been made redundant or for jobs you've left, if they were in the last 4 years. We’re the experts in claiming tax refunds, so get in touch to see if you can get a tax rebate and save income.

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ARMED FORCES​

Armed Forces or MOD personnel can claim against travel expenses on to temporary postings of under 24 months, even outside the UK. Using either your own vehicle or public transport counts and it's totally free to see if you qualify. The average 4 year tax refund is £2,500.

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CONSTRUCTION PAYE​

PAYE Construction workers making their own way to temporary workplaces (under 24 months) can claim a tax refund against travel and other expenses like meals, lodgings and protective clothing. The average RIFT Refunds 4-year rebate is £2,500.

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CONSTRUCTION CIS​

Construction workers using the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) can claim tax refunds for travel expenses to temporary workplaces. Overpaid tax can be claimed back for the last four years and the RIFT average annual rebate is £2,000.

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OFFSHORE​

When you fly out to your platform, do you drive or get public transport to the airport or heliport? If so, there's a good chance you're due a tax rebate on your taxes to cover the costs. It's free to find out if you qualify and the average 4 year tax refund claim with RIFT is £2,500.

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SECURITY​

Workers in the security industry who travel to different workplaces could well be owed a tax refund. If your employer doesn't pay you the full allowance for travel expenses that you're entitled to, then you could be due a tax rebate. The average 4 year tax refund claim is £2,500 with RIFT.

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HEALTHCARE​

If you are a healthcare worker for the NHS or a private healthcare company, you can claim a tax refund for certain travel costs. The average 4 year healthcare worker tax refund claim is worth around £2,500. You could even claim for other expenses like washing your uniform.

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PROFESSIONAL SPORTS​

Professionals in sport can claim a "sports player tax refund" on their expenses. Often, that means travel costs, but other expenses such as kit, medical treatment and accommodation are allowed. It is totally free to find out if you qualify for a claim and the average 4 year tax refund claim with RIFT is £2,500.

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ALL OTHER INDUSTRIES​

Anyone who travels to temporary places of work, pays some or all of the travel costs themselves, and is employed PAYE can qualify for a tax refund. Those we help most often include mechanics, teachers, warehouse operatives, cleaners, drivers, those qualify for SED, or who work in catering, childcare, retail & sales.

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SELF ASSESSMENT TAX RETURNS​

With RIFT's Self Assessment tax return service, we do all the paperwork for your annual returns. Whether you're self employed or need to do a tax return for any other reason there are no deadline worries, no costly mistakes or misunderstandings and no missed opportunities.

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Claim tax back online

Claiming tax back online is probably the simplest way to get your money back in your pocket. To make a tax refund claim online, you need to visit the HMRC website and sign into your Government Gateway account. If you have a P800 tax calculation saying you've overpaid, you should be able to get it refunded fairly simply.

If you don't have a P800 calculation form, it means the taxman doesn't know you've paid too much. You may still be able to claim back your tax online, but you'll need some proof to do it. RIFT can show you the ropes, and even put your online tax rebate claim together for you.

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Are tax refunds automatic?

Some kinds of tax refund are taken care of for you by HMRC, assuming they know you're owed money back. When this happens, you'll get a P800 tax calculation from the taxman. The P800 will tell you how much HMRC thinks you should have been taxed. If you've paid more than that, you'll get sent a refund automatically. On the other hand, if they think you haven't paid enough, they'll take action to get the rest from you. Typically, this will mean a change in your tax code, although you'll sometimes get the option to pay it directly.

You might also be owed a tax refund if you stopped work part-way through the year, or have a temporary or emergency tax code. If HMRC or your employer makes a mistake, your tax code might even just be flat-out wrong! Again, HMRC won't give you your money back unless they know you've overpaid. If you think this applies to you, talk to RIFT to see what we can do about it. We're on great terms with HMRC, and can take care of all the messy details for you.

If you're owed a refund because of travel to temporary workplaces or other allowable expenses, however, things are different. HMRC won't pay you back automatically, because they won't know how much they owe you or why. When that happens, you have to do some legwork yourself to get your money back. That means keeping records, holding onto receipts and learning the rules on what you can claim for. This is what RIFT Tax Refunds is all about, so get in touch to see how much you're owed.

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Extra cash for you and your mates in time for Christmas

Help your mates get a tax refund in time for Christmas - and get an extra £50 in your own pocket! At RIFT, we love it when happy clients tell their friends about us.

We love it so much that we reward you for doing it! Until the 31st December we'll give you £50 for everyone you recommend (T&Cs apply) who claims with us, but we'll give you a bonus of an extra £150 if 5 people do.

That's £400 in your pocket as well as the warm glow you get from helping out your mates. Help your workmates out now and you'll both get some extra cash in time for Christmas.

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Simply enter your friend’s name and email address on our referral form, and we’ll send them a one off email to let them know you think RIFT tax refunds could help them.

  • If they get in touch and claim a refund, we’ll send you a £50 reward for your help.
  • And for every 5 you send that claim, you get an extra £150 bonus. 

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Checking my tax

Whether you're self-employed or working PAYE, it's important to check your tax. It's easy to end up paying too much, so you need to be sure you're getting it right. With RIFT checking your taxes, you'll always know they're being worked out correctly. You'll be claiming for all the expenses you're entitled to, and getting the best out of any refund you're owed. 

You can check our online tax refund calculator to see if you qualify for a rebate, or get in touch with RIFT directly. When you're ready to make your claim, we'll guide you through the whole process. If you need to file a Self Assessment tax return, we'll get that sorted for you. We'll check your tax code to make sure it's right, and get your claim submitted before the deadline.

With RIFT, you'll always know which records and paperwork to keep to prove your claim. If you've missed out on claiming tax refunds before, we can even help you get money back for the last 4 years!

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How many years can I claim for?

Currently you can claim tax back for the following tax years:

  • April 2012/13
  • April 2013/14
  • April 2014/15
  • April 2015/16

You can find out more about whether you are due a tax rebate by taking our simple test or read more information below. You can get an idea of what you might be able to claim back from our tax refund calculator.

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How much does a tax refund cost?

  • Tax Refund if you're employed under PAYE: 28% of Refund claimed + VAT
    (Minimum fee £45+VAT)
  • Tax Refund with Tax Return for Self Employed (including CIS): £245 + VAT

Often people wonder 'Are tax refunds legal?' and the answer is 100% yes! We take the hassle out of tax, making sure that you get back all the money you’re owed.

Have a look at our full list of services and prices. It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim.

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Can I claim back tax for cleaning any clothes I use for work?

Yes, if you wear a uniform or specialised clothing for work, you can claim a uniform tax rebate. There are basically 2 ways for going about it, depending on what suits you. If you don't mind a little paperwork, you can keep receipts whenever you pay for cleaning or repairing your work clothes. When it's time to claim your tax refund, you can use these to prove to HMRC how much you paid from your own pocket.

The other way to claim your tax back is with the simplified Fixed Rate Expenses system. Basically, the taxman has come up with a rough guess at what it costs to keep your work clothes in good condition. Instead of keeping receipts and crunching numbers every time you pay for cleaning or repair, you can just use HMRC's figures.

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Can I claim for cleaning any clothes I use for work?

No. You can't claim a refund for your basic household laundry bills, even if you wear those clothes to work. The tax rebate only counts if the specific clothes you're claiming for are an essential part of your job.

We're talking about things like clothing with company logos on it, or any uniforms or protective clothing you're required to wear.

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Can only specific industries claim uniform tax rebates?

No, it doesn't matter what industry you work in. As long as the clothes are specifically required in order to do your job, they're covered by the tax relief rules and you can claim a uniform tax rebate. The system covers everyone from police officers and security guards to cleaners and healthcare workers. Even buying work-approved shoes and socks can count for your tax refund claim. As long as they're essential and not provided for you free by your employer, you're covered.

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Can I claim the cost of meals for my tax refund?

Yes, when you're travelling for work, the money you spend on food is an allowable expense. It's worth claiming it, too. On average, you could be looking at an additional tax refund of £250-£500 per year!

Of course, you have to eat anyway, and HMRC won't pay for just any food you grab at work. The rules apply only when you're travelling to temporary workplaces. All it takes are a few good habits to claim your food tax refund, but you do have to keep some records.

Remember, it's not just the daily tenner you're forking over for your lunch that counts. Everything from the cup of tea you bought before you started work to your well-earned afternoon snack can qualify. Your records could be receipts, meal tickets or mini-statements from cash machines. Even a photo of the price board or menu can be helpful in tracking your spending. What's important is that you can show the taxman what it's costing you to do your job. HMRC won't try to cheat you, but they do need you to back up your refund claim.

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How do I get a tax refund?

If you're trying to get a tax refund from HMRC, then you'll need to prove you've overpaid. If you're trying to get tax back for travel expenses to temporary workplaces, a list of everywhere you've worked is a good start. Beyond that, any evidence you can stock up will help prove and speed up your tax refund claim and get you your money back.

Remember that lost documents can often be replaced. Banks should be able to give you copies of statements, and even things like invoices can be reproduced, all helping you get a tax refund from HMRC as quickly as possible. If you can save your documents along the way then even better.

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Why can't I get a tax refund?

  • If your employer pays your travel expenses in full, or you only work in one location for an employer, you won't have overpaid the tax.
  • If you're self employed, the rules are different, and there are other expenses we may be able to claim for you. You can find out more about self employed tax returns and tax returns explained on our pages here.

Tell us a bit about your situation and we can quickly let you know if you should claim a tax rebate. Even if you get a mileage allowance, if it’s not at HMRC's standard rate you can claim the difference in tax back!

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Our guarantee means you'll never lose a penny

When you claim your tax refund with RIFT, our unique RIFT Guarantee means that you don't have to worry about the taxman reclaiming any of your money. So long as you give us full and accurate information, if HMRC disagrees with the amount that we’ve claimed and ask for the money back, we’ll pay it. It won’t cost you a penny.

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