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Clothing & Uniform (Expense Type)

Only the costs of purchasing specific work uniforms for directors or staff can be claimed.

Clothing for personal use cannot be claimed, and general business attire cannot be claimed as a uniform expense. This is because you cannot claim for ordinary clothing which would form part of an everyday wardrobe, even if you’re not likely to wear the clothes anywhere other than at work.

In order to qualify as an allowable expense, HMRC has strict rules that you’ll need to consider:

  • Protective clothing that you have to wear for your work is very much allowable, as it is a business necessity.
  • Clothing can also be claimed, in the words of HMRC, if it's “a recognisable uniform”  that shows you’ve got a certain sort of job - like a nurse’s or police uniform.​
Another situation in which clothing qualifies is if you are an actor or entertainer and the clothing is a costume.

You can record this in Crunch under the expense category ‘Employee Costs > Staff Welfare’:


Last Updated: 06 Dec 2019 03:00PM GMT

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