Tax refunds for professional sports

Professionals in sport can claim a "sports player tax refund" on their expenses. Often, that means travel costs, but other expenses are allowed. An average 4-year refund claimed through RIFT comes to £2,500.

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

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What kinds of expenses can I claim for?

Are you a professional sports player or athlete? Do you drive your own vehicle as part of your job? If so, there's a strong chance you've overpaid your tax and you could be due a tax rebate. Here's what you can get professional sports tax relief on:

  • Travel to training grounds.
  • Travel to away games.
  • Travel to reserve games.
  • Travel to home matches (if on loan).
  • Travel for medical treatment.
  • Kit and laundry costs.
  • Food and accommodation while travelling.

Don’t worry about having to fill in a complicated tax return. We know how much time and energy you pour into your sport, so leave the financial legwork to us. We'll complete a professional sports tax return on your behalf.


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What if I haven't claimed previous years?

If it turns out the taxman's owed you money for a while, you can still get up to the last four years' worth back. This means your first claim could be more than £2,500! There's no reason to let HMRC hold onto money that should be in your pocket.

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What if I don't have a tax refund claim?

It costs nothing to find out if you've overpaid with our quick tax refund calculator. If you're owed cash, we'll chase HMRC for it at no cost to you until it’s paid. We don't charge our fee until you get your money back.

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Tax returns

Tax returns and self assessment tax returns with RIFT

What is a tax return and how much tax do I owe? A common question and there are a few ways to work out how much tax you should be paying. If you're employed then tax will be taken from your salary by your employer using your tax code. If you have other sources of income, though, you may have calculations to make to work out your tax return. If you file self assessment tax returns then tax returns can be difficult to get right and dangerous to get wrong.

If you are now self-employed then you should get yourself registered as self-employed as soon as possible after you start trading. The deadline's the 5th of October in the year you started your self-employment. Miss that, and you're risking self assessment tax return penalties based on the potential lost tax. However, with RIFT on your side we can ensure that your tax returns are in safe hands.

Sport Tax Rebates

Sports tax refunds in action

Matt is a professional footballer and has played for a number of clubs across the leagues, including Newcastle United, Port Vale, Accrington Stanley and Barrow AFC. He has claimed his travel with RIFT since 2001 and has received a total of £11,409. As well as claiming for travel to away games and temporary training grounds, Matt has also claimed for travel to medical appointments and for his football boots and shin pads that he bought himself. Matt was on loan to Macclesfield Town for four months and received a refund of £631 for this period alone because all loans count as “temporary workplaces” under the HMRC rules.

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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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Customer stories

I've had a refund every year for 10 years.

"RIFT have helped me out for years now. I’ve got a refund every year for 10 years and I’m always happy when the cheque comes through the door. Playing in League Two means I’m always going to different training grounds and stadiums in the UK and abroad. I didn’t realise getting back so much money every year would be so easy – I haven’t got time to do all the paperwork so RIFT really take any stress away by doing it all for me."

Dean Morgan, 30, Wycombe Wanderers

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Extra cash for you and your mates

Help your mates get a tax refund to kick off the new year - 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! To thank you 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 to kick off 2017.

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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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How does it work?

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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 HRMC.

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