MOD Tax Rebate Guide

Work for the Ministry of Defence? You could be due a tax rebate

If you work for the MOD you can claim a tax rebate for some of your travel expenses for the last four tax years. You are still eligible to claim even if you are paid GYH (get you home pay) or HTD (home to duty) payments from the MOD.

Tax Rebate Services specialises in helping employees of the armed forces with successful claims being secured for members of the Army, Navy, and the RAF.

Our free MOD Tax Guide lays out the ‘whats’ and ‘hows’ of making a tax rebate claim.

What can I claim for?

You can claim for using your own car or public transport from your home to base or for training purposes. This includes a base overseas. To start with you must have already completed your phase 1 training.

You can be eligible to claim an MOD refund if:

You are located at a base for 24 months or less


Your assignment order states that you are intended to be located at your base for 24 months or less (even if you stay for longer you can claim for the first 24 months).


You use your own car to travel for training purposes (even if you are paid duty mileage a claim is usually still possible).

What is an MOD tax refund worth?

How much you can reclaim depends on your own set of circumstances. The average MOD rebate we secure for our clients is over £2500.

The most important factors effecting how much you can claim are:

  • The number of allowable business miles you have driven
  • Your earnings and the tax you have already paid

You can use our MOD tax refund calculator to help you work out how much your claim could be worth. We can help you work out what you are owed before making a claim.

What paperwork do I need?

It depends on your own circumstances but some or all of the below is considered acceptable evidence by HMRC:

  • If you can a copy of your assignment order stating the expected time spent at your base.
  • Payslips – your JPAC enquiry centre can help if you can’t get them online. These are important because they include any duty mileage paid by the MOD.
  • Move and track documents are helpful too.

We’re used to helping members of the armed forces so if you have any queries about what evidence you need just let us know.

I have left the MOD

You can still claim even if you are no longer employed by the MOD as long as you have left within the last four tax years. We often help people who have moved on but are still entitled to tax relief on their travel. Our free income tax guides section can help you find out what else you might be due.

MOD tax returns

The tax office might ask for a Self Assessment tax return to be completed. This all depends on the value of your claim and is something we take care of at no additional cost as part of our service.

Can I claim for a uniform allowance?

An agreement has been made between the MOD and HMRC to allow for tax relief to be given for washing your own uniform. The tax relief should automatically be given meaning you don’t have to make a claim.

Armed forces tax rebates made easy

You can claim yourself or we can save you the time and the headache. Our experts have been trusted by MOD employees for many years to claim back the tax relief they are owed. With lots of experience in helping armed forces personnel we know how to reclaim you the highest rebate in the quickest time.

You don’t want to miss out on getting your own money back just fill out our online contact form or call us on 01228 520477 to get your claim started.


Start my MOD tax rebate claim today...

MOD Tax Rebate Calculator

Are you owed a tax rebate? Find out today...

Just enter the rate at which you pay tax, and the number of business miles you've driven. The mileage rebate calculator will let you know how much your claim is worth.*

Tax Rebate Calculator
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*This calculator only provides an estimate and doesn’t take into consideration any mileage paid by your employer.

Specific armed forces guides:

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