Business Expenses – Employees

March 1, 2022 11:53 am Published by

Employee Business Expenses

Did you know that if you’re employed, you can claim certain business expenses? Many people aren’t aware that business expenses apply to employees as well as the self employed.

Professional Subscriptions

You can claim business expenses on professional subscriptions and memberships that you need to be able to do your job. You can also claim on subscriptions you pay to approved professional bodies or learned societies if being a member of that body is relevant to your job, you can claim this subscription back before tax.


Work from home allowance

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK government upped the work from home allowance from £4 a week, to £6 a week. So, if you’ve worked from home this previous tax year, you can claim tax relief on this allowance. That £6 a week adds up to be £312 a year. Any taxpayer can claim this £312 against their employment income once per tax year.



If the mileage amount your employer pays you is less than the HMRC rate, you can claim the difference on your self-assessment tax return. The current HMRC rate for cars and vans is 45p for the first 10,000 business miles in the tax year, then 25p for each business mile over 10,000 in the tax year. So, if your employer is paying under the HMRC amount, you can claim the difference.



You can claim business expenses for uniform, such as protective clothing/PPE that you’ve bought yourself and relates directly to your job. For example, steel toe-capped boots or high-vis vests.


Flat rate job expenses

You can claim tax relief on flat rate expenses if you’re employed by someone and you clean your work uniform or spend your own money on replacing or repairing equipment you need to do your job.

If your employer pays your expenses, you cannot claim tax relief.

Flat rate expenses allow you to claim tax relief for a standard amount each tax year. The amount you can claim depends on your job and what industry you work in.

To Conclude – Employee Business Expenses

In conclusion, there are many different things that you may be eligible to claim for if you’re employed. Especially since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK. Many people had to work from home, many employees may not realise that they could claim for this. Click here to see if you can claim, and what you can claim for.

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