Tax refunds for PAYE construction workers

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Tax refunds for PAYE construction workers

Can PAYE Construction Workers Claim a Tax Refund?

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

Do I Qualify For a PAYE Tax Refund?

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As a UK employee it is likely that you will have paid tax through the PAYE (Pay As You Earn) system. One in three people in the UK has overpaid tax so there's a good chance you may be due to claim a UK tax rebate.

If you're paying for things like meals, lodgings and protective clothing, you might be owed money for those too. We can also help you if you’re self-employed. Our friendly, expert team can quickly tell you if you’re due a tax rebate. You can find out an estimate of what you could be due by using our simple tax refund calculator

If you are, we'll chase the taxman for you until it's paid. We'll keep you posted every step of the way. All you need to do is work out how you'll spend the money.

If you're a RIFT customer already and you've had your yearly reminder that it's time to start your 2015/16 claim, visit myRIFT to fill in your information for your claim.

How Do I Claim My Tax Refund?

If you work in construction, we know you're already busy. That's why we want to make sure you're not struggling under your PAYE tax return too. There are three simple ways to get your PAYE tax rebate claim off to a flying start:

  • Fill in our simple Tax Refund Pack, stick in it the freepost envelope and send it back to our team.
  • Use our free Forms by Phone service and we’ll sort out the details for you there and then.
  • Take advantage of our Forms On-site service. One of our experts will meet you on-site to handle the paperwork when it works best for you. 

Who can get a tax rebate?

All construction workers can apply.  We can also help you if you’re self-employed. Our friendly, expert team can quickly assess if you’ve a claim.

There's nothing to lose by checking. We don't even charge a penny until your money's back where it belongs. You can also find out what information you need for your PAYE tax refund claim here or give us a call.

What is RIFT, and How Can You Help Me?

When it comes to PAYE tax refunds, RIFT Refunds are the experts. Since 1999, we’ve scored over £100 million in tax refunds for construction workers just like you.

For our clients, the average refund reaches £600-£800 per year. Because we can look back up to four years, your first claim could stack up to over £2,500!

What does a RIFT Tax Refund cost?

Our standard charges are:

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

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 options and fees. It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim

Why choose RIFT?

 We're the UK’s leading tax refund experts, so who better to handle your tax refund? 

  • It's free to find out if you qualify for a PAYE tax refund.
  • If we're successful in getting you a refund, we'll take our fee from this money.
  • Our expert team are here to help and talk you through every step of the way, working out how much tax you’re due and keeping you up to speed from start to finish
  • Your PAYE tax refund is 100% safe from the taxman. If HMRC ask for some money back, we’ll pay it out from our pocket, not yours.

What If HMRC Demands My Refund Back?

We're proud of the work we do, and we always back it up. With our RIFT Guarantee, if HMRC kicks up a fuss and starts asking for money back, we’ll cough it up ourselves! Get in touch today to finds out if you're owed a tax refund.


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Example of a PAYE Tax Refund for Construction.

HMRC's rules on PAYE tax rebates can be a serious headache. RIFT Refunds' expertise means we'll make sure you get every penny you're owed back. That's exactly what we did for David, who's given us permission to talk about his case:

David's been claiming his travelling expenses with RIFT since 2005. So far, he's claimed back £6,820 – over £850 per year! A forklift driver working across the north east of England, he’s never been at one workplace for over two years. This means all his sites qualify as “temporary” under the HMRC rules - which is good news for him.

David used his own car to get to work every day. His employer paid part of his travel expenses for him, tax free, following the CIJC Working Rule Agreement. Because his expenses don’t cover the full travel cost allowed by HMRC, we claimed back the difference for him.

David left his employer in November 2012 to become self-employed under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). The RIFT team were standing by to help him make the switch.

We claimed back his remaining PAYE tax refund expenses for him, and completed his first tax return in 2013. All told, David came away with a tax refund of £2,011 in the process.

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Frequently asked questions

If you work in the Construction industry on a PAYE (employed) contract, or have done so within the last 4 years, and have a question about making a tax refund you can see the most common answers below.

If you want to check anything at all, or talk through your personal circumstances, give us a call on 01233 628648 That's what we're here for. If it's difficult for you to call from your site, don't worry, we're here til 8pm most days. We're happy to call you back, if that's easier?

If you want to check if you have a claim, click the button below and answer a few simple questions.

Do I Qualify For A Tax Refund?

Frequently Asked Questions: Construction Industry PAYE Tax Refunds

Can I claim?

If you’re employed (PAYE) and use your own vehicle or public transport to travel to different sites, you’re probably due a tax refund. You might think you already get everything you’re entitled to from your employer but you could still be missing out. You can also claim back other expenses such as buying lunch or the cost of washing your work clothes. We’ll assess all your expenses and include them if they qualify.

We offer a free initial assessment and only charge a fee when you get your money, so there are no upfront costs. You’ve nothing to lose – no refund, no charge.

How does it work?

When you pay for your own travel to different work sites we can claim back the tax you paid when you earned that money. Just tell us where you’ve worked, and when, and we’ll work out the cost of your travel. We’ll add any other job-related expenses you may have and fill in the tax forms for you, all you need to do is sign them. We’ll send the forms to HMRC, handle any questions on your behalf and chase them if they don’t pay out in the agreed timescale – it’s all part of our service. Your tax refund is sent to us and we send it straight to you, less our fee.

How quickly can I get my money?

How quickly do you want it? Once we've got all your information, it usually takes about four weeks to put your claim together. We send your claim to HMRC who will take another six to eight weeks on average to pay out.

Or you can upgrade to our RIFT Rapid Refund service, where we fast-track your claim and pay you within 24 hours of completing it. We then wait for HMRC to pay us. Terms and conditions apply.

What information do you need from me?

The most important thing we need from you is a list of sites you’ve worked on and when you worked on them. Don’t worry if you can’t remember everything, we don’t need exact dates and locations, just give as much detail as you can. We also need you to sign three forms for HMRC that allow us to speak to them on your behalf.

To help us work out your claim more quickly, please send us as many items as you can from this checklist. But don’t worry if you’re missing any of these items, we can still make a claim:

  • Copy of your photo ID (driving licence or passport)
  • Proof of address (e.g. utility bill)
  • Wage slips from April 2011 onwards
  • MOT certificate for your vehicle
  • P60 End of Year Certificates from 2011 onwards
  • P45s from 2011 onwards, if you have any
  • Receipts for expenses, if you have them (except fuel)
  • Your contract of employment, if you have one

I haven’t kept any records, can I still claim?

Yes. Just think about your most recent site and work back from there. It might help to think of the time of year, who you were working with or what else was happening at the time. If you’re stuck, please call us - we can do your Forms by Phone for free.

My employer pays some of my travelling expenses, can I still claim?

Usually, yes. The only exception is when your employer has paid you the full 45p per mile, tax free, for the first 10,000 miles in a year and 25p per mile for anything over that. If they've paid less than that, e.g. 10p per mile, then you can claim the difference.

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