Can I get a rebate for washing my work clothes?

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Friday, May 7th, 2010


You can’t claim for regular work clothes, like a suit and shirt.

You can claim for clothes that wouldn’t normally be worn outside of work, like specialist clothing or clothes with your company logo on.

Also the Inland Revenue says that you can only claim if there are no facilities at your work to do the washing.

All you need to do is write to your local tax office, explaining the situation and you can even back date it a maximum of 6 years.
Here is a template letter you can use:


Dear HMRC,

RE: Washing Expenses

I work for -EMPLOYERS NAME- and have been employed their since -START DATE- . I am required to wash my work uniform which is given to me by employer and they do not have any washing facilities on site.

I would like to claim this expense from the above date. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Yours Faithfully


Monday, March 21st, 2011

Ruth Barker

We have washing machines on site but they are not available for use washing uniforms, only for bed linen and kitchen cloths

Friday, April 1st, 2011

caroline tristram

hi iv been working for jdw wetherspoons for 4yrs now and they do suply us with just a shirt with no company logo on it but i have to buy my shoes and black trousers myself as i work in a very busy pub my shoes wear out quickly would i be able to claim for new shoes and trousers i all so worked in nursing home with company logo on the tabad and had to wash my clothers my self this is bout 6/7 years ago

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

kimberly meah

i just wondered if i could make a claim for washing my work uniform

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

kimberly meah

i work in a nursing home they have washing machines here but they are for the patients use

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

anthony boyes

my wife works for home care company, can she claim for washing her own uniform,buying her own shoes and trousers.and if so where does she make a claim to.thank you

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Bill Hopkins

I work for the Legion Group which is part of OCS and I buy my own shoes which are toe protected. Can I claim any allowance for this

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

jim bradley

i have to wear work clothes with the company logo.
there are washing facilities on site, but they mix up your items & lose bags of laundry so not viable to use the service. any advice on this

Friday, March 9th, 2012

D. Langley

I retired from work in April last year 2011. I used to be a Fitter/Welder and all my workwear was supplied by the company, this was always washed at home . can i claim any allowance for this…… Thanks David .

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

G. Cowan

I have work clothes with the company logo. There is on washing facilities on site for production line worker. Can I claim tax back

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012


Quite a few years back, I worked for a factory, the uniform requirement was a tabard, and a body warmer whiched you purchased if you wanted one, our employers automactically gave us a pre printed for to sign and send to the revenue, once i left and worked for organisations that required you to wear workwear, i was never told or given a form, and on my part I never asked, just assumed you could no longer claim so everyone get claiming

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013


I work on a land fill. and wash my own clothes.with logo can I claim back .