Guide to tax relief on tools

Do you buy the tools that you need for work? Then you are likely to qualify for tax relief on that cost – regardless of your industry.

At Tax Rebate Services we help our clients get an average Tool Allowance Rebate of over £900.

Our free ‘Tools Tax Relief Guide’ explains exactly what can be included in your claim and the process for getting your money back.


Which tools are eligible for tax relief?

The basic eligibility criteria are:

  • Your purchases of equipment and tools are necessary to complete your work
  • You buy these tools at your own expense
  • Your employer does not pay you back for this outlay
  • You have paperwork evidence to support your claim (eg: receipts)


What percentage of the overall cost can I expect to get back?

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


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 that 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. We are a team of fully qualified, professionally regulated accountants. We have honed our procedures to make the process as simple and stress-free as possible for our clients.

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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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