Uniform Tax Rebate
Wearing a uniform makes the employee responsible for representation of a particular industry he or she belongs to. The majority of people tend to inductive reasoning. This means that looking at individual instances they make their conclusions about things in general. people’s judgment on a whole organization is based on their impression of an individual representative’s behavior and, of course, appearance. An employee should be aware of their representative function, they feel responsibility for keeping their uniform clean and well-groomed, and wearing it in compliance with all prescribed instructions.
An important factor with any uniform is that it is smart and attractive. An ill-fitting, ugly uniform will certainly not invoke confidence in your staff. On the other hand, a well fitted, quality, stylish uniform can do wonders for your employee’s self-esteem. Perhaps keeping your staff involved in the uniform decisions will ensure you end up with a more desirable, popular and stylish uniform which your staff will take ownership of, thus improving morale, confidence and performance.
A uniform also signals that the wearer is a professional that takes his career seriously. It’s no secret that the any industry employs a significant number of people, but not all of them are serious about their work. A clean and presentable uniform lets the world, and your employer that you are proud of you job. Taking good care of your uniform is not a hard process if you follow these simple guidelines:
Remove any patches you have attached with Velcro. If your patches are sewn on, you cannot remove them, so you’ll need to take extra care with washing. Keep your belt separate and do not put it in the wash with your uniform.
Set the machine for the gentle cycle. Use warm or cold water to wash the uniform. Hot water will potentially shrink the uniform, cause bleeding of any logos or writing and may prematurely wear down the fabric.
Add detergent according to label directions. Choose a kind that is color-free so it won’t discolor a white uniform. Avoid bleaches and fabric softeners, which can cause a yellow cast to form on the uniform over time. Bleach also degrades the fabric so your uniform will not last as long as it should and it can damage iron transfers, patches or stitching on your uniform as well.
Dry the uniform on a line or with medium heat in the clothes dryer. Remove it immediately and lay it out to prevent wrinkles from forming.
Iron the uniform if it is wrinkled. Use a heat setting that is appropriate for the fabric — not too hot or you might scorch the fabric. Apply the iron to the trouser legs first and crease them, if desired.
HMRC recognizes all this hard work that you put to keep your uniform clean and presentable, this mean that you can claim for a refund for all the money you’ve spent taking care of your work uniform this can be done directly from HMRC or via services. You can claim for clothing that is specific to your occupation, is not every day in nature and allows the public to easily recognise your occupation – such as the checked pants a chef wears.
You can’t claim the cost of purchasing or cleaning clothes you bought to wear for work that are not specific to your occupation, such as a bartender’s black trousers and white shirt, or a suit.
You can also claim for clothing and footwear that you wear to protect yourself from the risk of illness or injury posed by your income-earning activities or the environment in which you are required to carry them out. To be considered protective, the items must provide a sufficient degree of protection against that risk.
Protective clothing includes:
- fire-resistant and sun-protection clothing
- safety-coloured vests
- non-slip nurse’s shoes
- rubber boots for concreters
- steel-capped boots, gloves, overalls, and heavy-duty shirts and trousers
- overalls, smocks and aprons you wear to avoid damage or soiling to your ordinary clothes during your income-earning activities.
Ordinary clothes (such as jeans, drill shirts, shorts, trousers, socks, closed shoes) are not regarded as protective clothing if they lack protective qualities designed for the risks of your work.
The amount this of refund you can get may varies depending on the type of industry you work for.