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Tax rebates for joiners
Can joiners get tax rebates?
HMRC's tax rebate rules mean UK joiners are fully entitled to tax rebates, just like anyone else in construction. It doesn't matter whether you're paid PAYE or through the Construction Industry Scheme (CIS). If you're shelling out for work expenses, you can get tax relief on the costs. Construction has a major problem with overpaid tax and unclaimed refunds, but RIFT is working to settle the score, one claim at a time. We've been putting cash back in UK joiners' pockets since 1999, and we're still going strong.
Tax rebates for joiners
I'm a joiner. How do I know if I've paid too much tax?
HMRC's tax rebate rules allow you to claim tax back when you spend money on essential work costs like travel. There are regulations about what you can claim for, and it's easy to miss out on what you're owed. Work travel to temporary sites is generally the big reason for getting a tax rebate, whether it's by public transport on in your own vehicle. If you're not being reimbursed for those costs, you're owed tax back from HMRC.
As a joiner, you'll probably find you're owed rebates for other costs, too. We're talking about unavoidable expenses like food, or accommodation when you're travelling for work. If you're paying for the cleaning, repair or replacement of your work tools or clothes, those can count toward your claim, too. If you wear a uniform or protective gear, for instance, you're entitled to a tax rebate. The same goes for union fees and subscriptions to professional bodies. Again, though, they only count toward your refund if they're essential to your job.
Self employed joiners
Am I still owed tax relief as a self-employed joiner?
The Construction Industry Scheme is a pretty blunt tool for taxing people in construction. It basically saws off 20% of your pay before you get it. That means your money's being taxed from the first penny you make, without the proper benefit of your tax-free Personal Allowance. To get the missing cash back, you need to use a CIS tax return.
Filing Self Assessment tax returns can be tricky if you don't know your way around them. Like PAYE workers, the essential costs of your job are supposed to come with some tax relief. The rules are strict, though, and a lot of people miss out on what they're owed. Take a look at RIFT's online Tax Return Calculator. It's free to use, and it's the first step to solving all your Self Assessment problems.
It's not always easy to know what your employment status is, but it's absolutely critical to get it right. If you're not sure whether you're self-employed or not, talk to RIFT. We'll let you know exactly where you stand and what to do about it. If you have to use Self Assessment, we'll get you registered and take care of your returns. If you're on PAYE and owed tax back, we'll sort your claim out. Either way, you're in safe hands.
Tax refunds for joiners
What documents are needed to claim tax rebates?
The first paperwork to grab hold of is a list of the temporary worksites you've travelled to. “Temporary” basically just means anywhere you worked for under 24 months. It's not critical to remember all the tiny details, and we can even help fill in some of the gaps for you. Generally, though, the more information you have, the smoother and easier your refund claim will go.
If you've never claimed a tax refund before, it may not be too late to get your money back. You can claim back the tax you're owed for up to up to 4 years. Of course, the sooner you claim the simpler it'll be to remember everything.
If you're working through CIS, any monthly statements you've kept from contractors will go a long way toward backing up your claim. Other handy documents include MOT certificates for travel claims or receipts for food and accommodation. Again, you don't need every last scrap of paperwork, although more's obviously always better than less.
Tax refunds for joiners
How can RIFT help?
RIFT are the UK's leading experts on tax refunds. Our unique Code of conduct has won us the trust of HMRC, UNITE and many UK construction organisations. It costs nothing to check how much tax you're owed back. We'll do all the legwork to get your rebate paid, and deal with HMRC for you. If you need to use Self Assessment to get your money, we'll handle your registration and tax returns too. We're always here when you need us, and our MyRIFT system lets you keep track of your rebate claims online at any time.Start for free
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