Wondering if you can claim a tax refund or need to submit a tax return? Use our online tools to find out if you're owed money by HMRC.
RIFT Tax Refunds
Tax Refunds Made Easy With RIFT
If you’ve paid to travel to different work locations you could be due an HMRC tax refund. RIFT will make sure you get your tax back. The average tax rebate is worth £2,500 and it takes seconds to check if you’re owed some cash.
Tax Refunds & Tax Returns made easy
Bulk up your bank balance with a tax rebate claim from RIFT - the UK's top tax experts! Have you been missing out on your annual tax refund claims? What could an average pay-out of £2,500 mean for your family? Hundreds of millions of pounds in unclaimed tax refunds go to waste each year. It costs nothing to find out what you're owed.
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Did you know you can claim tax back on:
- Travel to temporary workplaces
- Accommodation costs
- Uniform costs
- Professional subscriptions, union, or license fees
- Training course expenses
Just answer our 4 quick questions and you're on your way! Click the green button below to get started.Start for free >
Tax Return Deadline
Don't forget the 31st January Tax Return Deadline!
The deadline for filing your Self Assessment tax return for this year is coming up on the 31st of January. If you don’t have your paperwork sorted out and submitted to HMRC before midnight, you’ll need a really good excuse to stay out of trouble. Penalties start at an eye-watering £100 for being even a single day late, so don’t let the calendar flip over to February before getting your tax return done. Keep in mind that the 31st of January is also the deadline for paying up any tax you owe. Miss that, and you can expect a lot of trouble from the taxman.
If you’ve got a genuine excuse for not meeting the midnight deadline, you might be able to appeal against the penalties. We’re talking about things like bereavements, life-threatening illnesses and serious technical problems.
If you think you might have trouble getting everything done on time, or if you just want your tax return handled by a world-class expert, talk to RIFT.Tax Return Quote
Why use RIFT refunds?
Tax rebates the RIFT way...
We handle HMRC queries so your rebate stays safe.
No hidden costs
It costs nothing to find out if you have a claim.
Peace of mind
Our expert team have reclaimed £245 million.
We do the hard work
97% of customers say claiming with us is easy!
Who are RIFT?
The UK's leading tax rebate experts
The UK’s tax laws are a maze of deadlines, exemptions and penalties. RIFT’s tax refund specialists are the best in the business at handling the complex details of rebate claims. From calculating mileage and other tricky expenses to protecting your refund from HMRC enquiries, RIFT keeps online tax rebate claims simple, stress-free and safe.
We've claimed back over £245 million in tax rebates for over 160,000 people like you since 1999. We look after every claim on an individual basis so we can do what is best for you.
RIFT's expertise in handling HMRC tax refunds and filing tax returns is world-class. We take care of the whole process for you, so you never miss out or run into trouble. Try our Online Tax Rebate Calculator to get your tax refund claim started. It takes no time to complete and gives an instant estimate of how much your refund will be.Start For Free >
Getting your tax back
How RIFT gets your tax back
When you’re making a tax rebate claim, you’ve got to get elbow-deep in the tiny details. That means understanding the rules for everything from vehicle tax refunds to essential work expenses. The rules are strict, and even tiny mistakes can end up costing you big chunks of the cash you’re owed. Even worse, claiming too much – even accidentally – can quickly land you in hot water with the taxman.
With your free MyRIFT account and our custom-built app, you’ll never be left out of the loop. You can check the progress of your claim at any time and update any of the essential details on the fly. With RIFT, you get the maximum refund with the minimum fuss.
Making Tax Easy
Common tax rebate questions
It takes a few weeks to put together a really comprehensive tax refund claim. As soon as you're happy to go forward, we'll send your claim to HMRC for approval. It can take 8-10 weeks for the taxman to check your details and confirm your refund total, so the sooner you get us the information we need the sooner you'll have your money.
The best way to speed up your RIFT Tax Refund is to get your Authorising your agent (64-8) form back to us fast. This is the form that lets us tackle the taxman on your behalf. Without 2 physical copies of your 64-8 document, HMRC won't even speak to us about your claim. It's annoying, but it's all about protecting you.
As soon as your refund's paid out, we'll either send you a cheque or pay it into your bank account if you prefer. The choice is yours.
Have a look at our 'How Long Does A Tax Refund Take' page for more information about how long it takes to get your tax refund done and some pointers for how to make things happen as fast as possible.
Remember that you can claim for the last 4 tax years and you can make your claim at any time.
In HMRC's language, a tax rebate is "a refund on taxes when the tax liability is less than the taxes paid". What it's definitely not is a prize or a dodgy way of ''cheating the system''. When you're owed a HMRC tax refund, it's because you've already paid too much tax.
When you're paying your own way to temporary workplaces, the odds are good that you're owed some tax back for your expenses. ''Temporary'' here just means it's somewhere you're working for less than 24 months on the trot. It's worth making sure you get back what you're owed, too. You can claim a tax rebate for up to 4 years, with an average 4-year rebate with RIFT coming to £3,023.
A lot of the time, people don't even realise how many of their day-to-day expenses qualify for tax relief. Unless you prove to HMRC what you're owed, though, the taxman won't have the information he needs to settle up. The tax rebate system's a little clunky in places, but RIFT's on-demand, 1-on-1 service means you'll never get lost or lose out.
Just answer a few simple questions and we can tell you whether the expenses you've had to pay out in the course of your work meant that you may have paid more tax than you should.
You can also use our tax refund calculator to see how much you are due if you do make a claim.
Our standard charges are:
- Tax refund if you're employed under PAYE: 28% of refund claimed + VAT (minimum fee £45+VAT)
- CIS Tax Refund including tax return £245+VAT
- Self assessment from £95 + VAT (call us on 01233 628648 for a quote)
Don't worry if you had a mixture of self-employed and PAYE (employed by a company) work during the period you want to claim for. We can work out if you would be due a refund and let you know what the fee would be.
When we receive your refund from HMRC we take out our fee and then pay it the refund to you. There are no up front charges to pay for anything. If you are not due a refund then there is no charge.
Before we send your claim to HMRC we sent a copy to you with a full breakdown of all the fees so you can clearly see:
The total refund
The cost of our service
The VAT due (VAT goes to the government, it's charged on almost all goods and services)
The amount you will receive
You will need to sign and send this back to us to say you have read, understood and agreed with it, along with a declaration that all the information you have provided about your claim is true. This means you will never be charged any fees you have not agreed to.
There are no further fees to pay, and no hidden charges.
All aftercare is included (if you need us to call HMRC on your behalf, if you have a problem you would like us to resolve with them, if your tax code needs correcting etc).
Your refund is covered by the unique RIFT Guarantee which means that whatever happens, your refund stays in your own pocket and will never go back to HMRC. If we fight any HMRC enquiries for you (which is included free of charge) and if they did demand any money back, we would pay back the refund to HMRC ourselves.
We will also send you a reminder when it's time to see if you have a claim next year.
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.RIFT Guarantee
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- 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.
Your tax experts
RIFT tax rebate specialists
Whatever you do for a living, there’s no reason to overfeed the taxman. When it comes to claiming tax rebates, RIFT is the UK's top expert. We’ve put hundreds of millions back in the pockets of workers in some of the most difficult and dangerous professions on Earth. Your work’s tough enough already, so we make sure your tax rebate claims are simple, stress-free and completely safe. Every day we work with people in sectors like:
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How RIFT helps you claim tax rebates online
From vehicle tax refunds to claiming for essential work expenses, it can take an expert to get a tax rebate from HMRC. The HMRC tax refund regulations are complicated enough that even tiny mistakes can leave you badly out of pocket. Worse yet, if you accidentally claim tax refunds you aren't owed, you'll quickly find yourself in serious difficulty.
It's the little details that matter when you're claiming a tax refund, and with your free MyRIFT account, you'll never be left in the dark. MyRIFT makes it simple to check and update all your claim information, whenever you need to. That's the secret to getting the most from your refund - and getting it fast!
RIFT's expertise in handling HMRC tax refunds is world-class. We take care of the whole process for you, so you never miss out or run into trouble. Try our Online Tax Rebate Calculator to get your tax refund claim started. It takes less than a minute to complete and gives an instant estimate of how much your refund will be.Start for Free >
HMRC Tax Refunds
When can I claim my tax rebate?
Often, the perfect time to claim your UK tax refund is after the end of the tax year. Sometimes, though, you’ll find yourself with claims that stretch back a little further. Remember, even if you’ve never claimed a tax rebate before, there might still be time to get back what you’re due. You can claim back overpaid tax for up to 4-years – and it’s absolutely worth doing it. An average 4-year tax refund from RIFT stacks up to over £3,000! Just 4 quick questions and a minute of your time will set you on the road to your tax rebate. That could well be the single most valuable minute of your year!Start for Free >
Self Assessment Tax Returns with RIFT
Some of the most common questions we get asked at RIFT are “what is a tax return?” and “how much tax do I owe?”
When you’re taxed through the PAYE system, HMRC takes its bite of your income before you even get it. It goes straight from your employer, using your tax code. However, if you’ve got other sources of income, your tax code won’t paint a complete picture of your earnings on its own. That means you’ll probably have to file a tax return through the Self Assessment system to report your income and expenses to HMRC. When you’re sorting out a tax refund, claiming for expenses of over £2,500 will also mean sending a tax return to get your money. If you’ve filed Self Assessment tax returns before, you’ll already know they can be difficult to get right and disastrous to get wrong. That’s where the Self Assessment experts at RIFT really shine.
If you’re self-employed, you need to get yourself registered for Self Assessment as soon as you can. There’s a strict deadline of the 5th of October in the year you start trading, and missing it could be painful. Self Assessment tax return penalties are based on the potential tax HMRC thinks it’s lost, and they’re no joke. With RIFT on your side, though, you’ll always know your tax returns are in expert hands.Tax Return Quote
''I got over £6,000 back and treated the kids''
''I saw the RIFT advert in The Sun and thought it was worth a shot to see if I was owed any money. I've been with Galamast for 8 years now, use my own car to get around and am always travelling long distances to different sites. I was chuffed when RIFT phoned and told me I got over £6,000 back - it was the easiest money I've got back in my life! I'll definitely be in touch with them again this year to see if I can get any more. I've treated the kids to a few nice days out since I got the money so they're happy too!''
Adrian Chinnock, 57, SomersetStart for Free >
UK Tax Refunds
Tax refunds made easy
Because we’re the UK’s top tax experts, we know HMRC’s rebate rulebook inside out. We keep the whole process of getting even with the taxman painless and hassle-free.
Most people miss out on the money HMRC owes them because the system’s too complicated – or never even realise they can get tax back at all. With RIFT behind you, you’ll never be confused about who can claim a UK tax rebate or what expenses you can claim for. Just answer a few basic questions about the work you do and the travel you’re paying for and we’ll take it from there. Take a look at our HMRC tax rebate calculator for a fast estimate of what you’re already owed.
RIFT is with you for every step of your tax rebate journey. You can talk to us at any time on the phone or via email, or use our online forms and Livechat service. If you work in the construction industry, you can even chat to our reps face-to-face or wherever else suits you.
As soon as we’ve got the information we need for your claim, we’ll send you a breakdown to approve. Once we get the thumbs-up from you, we’ll get it on the taxman’s desk, then chase HMRC until it’s paid out in full.
Are HMRC tax rebates legal?
It’s so important to realise that there’s absolutely nothing wrong or “dodgy” about claiming your yearly tax refunds. HMRC isn’t your enemy, and it genuinely doesn’t want a penny more of your money than you owe.
Since way back in 1998, UK tax law has ruled that anyone travelling to temporary workplaces while continuously employed can claim tax back on their travel expenses. Whatever job you do, unless your employer pays or reimburses your travel expenses in full, you could be missing out on the tax rebate you’re owed by law.
This is your money, and it’s 100% legal to claim it back. What’s more, HMRC actively wants you to get the tax relief you’re owed under sections 336- 339 of the Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003.
At RIFT, we follow the official legal guidance set out in HMRC guide 490 - Employee Travel – and we never claim a penny more than you’re owed. With RIFT, both your refund and you are completely protected. You’ll get back the tax you’re due, and stay in HMRC’s good books at the same time.Start for Free >
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