Guide to tax relief on tools

It doesn’t matter what your job is, if you buy your own tools for work you can claim tax relief today.

If you’re employed and have to buy tools for your job, you should be able to claim tax back on the cost. Tax relief is allowed if your employer hasn’t reimbursed you for the cost. At Tax Rebate Services we help our clients get an average tool allowance rebate of over £900.

Use our Free tool tax relief guide to find out what you can claim for and how how to claim it back.


Can I claim tax relief on my tools?

If you have to buy them to do your job, you can claim tax relief. To be eligible to claim tool tax relief you must:

  • Purchase tools and equipment to do your job
  • Buy tools at your own expense
  • Not be reimbursed by your employer
  • Have proof of purchase – for example receipts


How much tax back on my tools can I claim?

You can normally claim tools tax relief worth 18% of your tool purchases. A claim can be made for the last four tax years. If you’ve still got receipts for tools bought before then, you can claim for them as well.


Is there a time limit?

There is no time limit if you are claiming back through a capital allowances claim. But the tool needs to still be in use and a receipt has to be provided for each tool.


I don’t have receipts. Can I still claim?

If you don’t have receipts, you can still claim a tool allowance. Many industries have agreed different tool allowance amounts with HMRC. For example a Mechanic can claim a tool allowance worth £120 per tax year. The time limit for claiming the tool allowance through your tax code is for the last four tax years only.


Good to know

In most cases you will normally be able to claim more tax relief back if you can provide receipts or some other proof of purchase. The agreed tool allowance for each industry rarely covers the actual cost of what is spent on tools for work use. This basically means if you can make a capital allowances claim you’ll be able to claim more of the money back you are entitled to.


We make it easy for you to claim

Let Tax Rebate Services help you claim tax relief on your tools. Our qualified accountants make the process simple and hassle free. As we’re members of the AAT, you can be confident that your claim will be dealt with professionally.

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The tax back on tools calculator can help you find out how much you can reclaim.

All you need to do is enter the total amount you have spent on tools, and you’ll get an estimation of how much you can get back,

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