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Expenses: Claiming the cost of work clothes

September 22, 2014

Recently we had queries from contractors regarding the topic of claiming expenses for their work clothes. In general claiming the cost of your work clothes is not permitted, however there are some interesting exceptions…

The exceptions when claiming the cost of your work clothes:

  • Protective clothing such as hi-viz jackets, hard hats, steel toe-capped boots for those working on sites where this is necessary. This can’t be claimed if you work in an office and just like wearing steel toe-capped boots!
  • Specialist clothing such as dust-free overalls if you work in a dust-free environment.
  • Clothing which forms part of a recognisable uniform so that anyone looking at you would recognise either whom you work for or what you are working as.

E.g. A waiter who has to wear a dinner jacket is permitted BUT a bank worker with a dress code of a dark suit would not be permitted. Note: Badges/logo’s etc must not be detachable.

Not all required uniform would be allowable. For instance a uniform of smart trousers and a company polo shirt with company name embroidered on it would only include the polo shirt as allowable.

If you’d like further advice on claiming the cost of work clothing or any of the exceptions listed please contact one of our experts on 0203 713 4530 or email contact@carringtonumbrella.co.uk

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