Tax refunds for PAYE construction workers

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Tax refunds for PAYE construction workers

Struggling with your construction PAYE tax return?

If you’re employed in construction (PAYE), and drive your own vehicle to different sites, HMRC  could owe you a tax refund of up to £2,500. What's more, if you pay for things like public transport, meals, lodging and protective clothing, you might be able to claim for those too.

When it comes to PAYE tax refunds, we've got years of experience to back us up. Since 1999, we’ve secured over £90 million in tax refunds for construction workers just like you. For our clients, the average refund reaches £600-£800 per year. And because we can go back as far as four years, your first claim could total more than £2,500. 

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Pick up your PAYE tax rebate

If you work in construction, we know you're already busy. That's why we want to make sure your PAYE tax return doesn't add to your workload.

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 fill in the details for you there and then
  • Use our Forms On-site services and one of our expert reps will meet you on-site to take care of 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. If you do, we keep you up to date and chase your money with HMRC. There’s nothing left for you to do but sit back and wait for your cheque to arrive.

You’ve nothing to lose. We don't charge a fee until you get your money back, so there are no upfront charges. 

Why choose RIFT?

RIFT are 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.

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HMRC's rules on PAYE tax rebates are far from simple. But because we're experts in this complex area, we'll  make sure you get everything you deserve. That's exactly what we did for David.  

David has been claiming his travelling expenses with RIFT since 2005. So far, he's claimed back £6,820 – over £850 per year. As a fork lift truck driver working at sites across the north east of England, he’s never been at one work location for more than two years. This means all his sites qualify as “temporary workplaces” under the HMRC rules.

David has used his own car to get to work every day and his employer has paid part of his travel expenses for him, tax free, in line with the CIJC Working Rule Agreement. But because his expenses don’t cover the full cost of the travel allowed by HMRC, we successfully claimed back the difference for him.

David left his employer in November 2012 to become self-employed under the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). The team at RIFT were standing by to support David as he made the switch. We helped him claim back his remaining PAYE tax refund expenses and completed his first tax return in 2013, securing him a tax refund of £2,011 in the process.

Frequently asked questions

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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