Being a teacher is, in my opinion, one of the most important jobs in the world. This is because a teacher is helping to shape the future, and they have a large amount of responsibility in allowing the future generations to realise their full potential and be all that they can. This is true of teachers of all ages too, as a teacher at a Primary school may help a child’s development and teach them how to act around others, and then a university lecturer will teach their students the importance of asking questions and making tough decisions in the field that they have chosen. These are just two small examples of the enormous wealth of knowledge that teachers will pass on to their pupils, and of course there is everything in between these two examples as well.
All teachers pay tax like everybody else, and also like everyone else they can claim a tax rebate if they have overpaid on their tax. A tax rebate, or refund, is when you have overpaid on your taxes through your PAYE system, and the amount that you have overpaid will be calculated and then returned to you. There are a number of different reasons that you can get a tax refund, and there are a number of particular reasons for teachers as well.
How to Make a Claim
The unique reasons that a teacher can claim a tax rebate include having to buy specialist clothing for their role (PE teachers being an example), using their car for work, using an area at home for work and also for professional fees such as the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). There are also some other reasons that you can claim a teacher tax rebate, and to find out more and get the ball rolling you should get in touch with a tax rebate agent who will be able to answer your questions and get the ball rolling.
It is important to note that you will have to make a claim to get the money back as usually it will not simply be refunded to you, and on top of this you should look into making your claim now as claims can only be made for the previous four tax years. Failure to make a claim early could lead you to losing a large sum of money, so make sure you get every penny back that is yours by contacting a tax rebate agent today to start your claim.
Working in such an important line of work that has such an impact on the future generation means that teachers should be getting every single penny that they earn, but unfortunately this is not always the case and many teachers may not even realise this. Hopefully the information here will encourage you to find out if you are owed any money, and you could be in for a pleasant surprise once you start your claim for a teacher tax rebate as a staggering 5.5 million people in the UK paid the wrong tax amount in 2012/2013.