This could be a handy windfall.
If you work in a job that requires you to buy uniforms and equipment you could be due a tax rebate of up to €1,200, depending on your profession.
The flat-rate allowance is a tax credit designed to reimburse employees for expenses related to costs such as nurses’ uniforms, and other workwear.
The amount of your tax rebate can differ greatly depending on your field of work, occupation, and job duties. Now tax experts Irish Tax Rebates have compiled a handy list of jobs the allowance applies to.
If you work as a tradesperson, you can claim tax back on workwear to the value of up to €352 over the last four years.
“The construction industry in Ireland experienced a stoppage in 2020 and 2021, due to the pandemic. This means that people working in some trades may be entitled to an even larger tax refund for those tax years, particularly for 2021.
Doctors and Nurses
“Uniforms are necessary for doctors and nurses to complete their work, such as scrubs and lab clothing – and many must pay for them out of their own pockets.
Nurses can claim €1,172 in tax back on uniforms over the last four years, while doctors can claim €1,112.
Hospital Domestic Staff
“If you’re employed in a hospital as one of the following roles, you can claim up to €564 on flat-rate expenses for purchasing a uniform for work purposes:
- Laundry Operative
- Catering Staff
- General Operative
“While performing their duties, engineers must wear safety outfits such as overalls, hard hats, and safety boots to ensure their safety. You can get a tax rebate of €530 over the last four years if you claim these expenses. Engineers employed by Civil Service, Local Authorities, OPW, Eircom, and Coillte can also avail of this tax rebate.
Cosmetologists/Hairdressers & Beauticians
“Hairdressers, beauticians, barbers, stylists and nail technicians often need you to buy work clothes or equipment. You can claim up to €256 over four years for costs associated with these items.
“If you’ve been working in a shop for a few years, the cost of uniforms can really add up. You can get up to €194 back on those expenses through a tax rebate.”