Those working in the service sector, including nurses, hairdressers, construction workers and people working in retail and food sectors, may be able to claim expense rebates.

HMRC is encouraging staff who work in these types of roles and are paid through Pay As You Earn, to investigate whether they can claim back some of their money for work-related expenses like car mileage, replacing or repairing small tools, or maintaining branded uniforms.

Workers have been urged to go directly to GOV.UK to check if they can claim extra cash back. HMRC explains that, if eligible, customers can log in to their Personal Tax Account to claim for their tax relief online and, if their claim is approved, be paid within three weeks.

“We know what a difference tax relief can make to hard-working customers, especially at this time of year. HMRC is keen to make sure customers get all the relief they’re entitled to, by using the online service,” said Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Mel Stride MP.

“Tax relief isn’t available for all employment expenses, so the online Check If You Can Claim tool is very helpful – then if your claim is approved, your full tax relief will be paid directly into your bank account.”

Eligible employees will be paid tax relief at the rate of pay that they pay tax. For example, if they spend £60 and pay tax at a rate of 20 per cent in that year, the tax relief they can claim is £12.

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