As a construction worker in the UK, and are paid under the PAYE
(pay as you earn) scheme then you will be entitled to claim
expenses for certain items and services. This is known as tax
relief as your expenses are deductible against the tax you pay on
If you are currently employed as a construction worker in the
UK, or are planning on working in the construction industry whilst
on a working holiday, then you’ll need to be aware of what you can
If you’ve had to purchase new equipment in order for you to be
able to do your job properly, and your employer isn’t able to
reimburse you for the cost, then you may be able to claim a tax
refund for any items that you’ve had to buy. Just be sure to
keep proof of purchase.
As a construction worker, it is essential to protect your safety
in the workplace. This may mean that you need to wear a hard
hat, safety goggles, steel toe-capped boots and hi-visibility
clothing. Employers will typically provide safety equipment
for workers, however if it is necessary for you to purchase your
own, you will be eligible to claim expenses.
If you are required to wear a uniform as a construction work
(specialist clothing or has a company logo) and you need to have
these washed or dry cleaned, then you may claim expenses for this.
If you haven’t made a previous claim, you are entitled to
claim for washing expenses for the past four years.
If you have to travel to a variety of different locations, other
than your permanent place of work, you will be entitled for tax
relief on your travel expenses, whether you are using your own
vehicle or you are utilising public transport. You will need
to keep a log of the places that you visited, and the mileage
Other out-of-pocket expenses
If your employer asks you to undertake a job away from home you
may need to pay for overnight accommodation, unless your employer
has made specific arrangements. If you are required to pay
for your own accommodation and any other out-of-pocket expenses,
such as evening meals, taxi fares etc, then you will be eligible to
claim these on expenses.
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