Greg's £400 Uniform Tax Refund Story
Sherlock Holmes had Dr Watson to help him solve tricky crimes, Starsky and Hutch screeched round the streets of New York together while Inspector Morse knew he could rely on Lewis’s expertise to crack difficult cases.
But it’s not only fictional detectives who are known for hanging around in pairs. As a ‘Ganger’ in the water industry, you are also required to work in a two-man team.
Greg O’Connor, a ganger from Redhill, has worked with his mate Dennis for more than two years and together they travel throughout Surrey and Hampshire repairing burst pipes.
“We work well together,” Greg says. “I’ve known him for a long time and we’re both equally qualified. Sometimes you can find yourself working with someone who’s a bit lazy and spends a lot of time on their phone,” he admits, “but that’s usually youngsters. The best way to handle it is to be straight and tell them you don’t like it.”
Greg and Dennis work long hours, starting at 6am and never knowing where they will be sent till they turn up in the morning. Most of their work is on roads and pavements which have to be drilled through in order to reach the leaking pipes.
“We have to dig down about a metre,” Greg explains. “The work can be dangerous and I have known people get injured. Luckily health and safety are a bit better these days but really, you just have to be sensible and stay alert, like in any job.”
The boys have distinctive workwear, too, which is fortunately nothing like Sherlock’s deerstalker and cape or Starsky’s baggy cardigan. As you would expect they need waterproof overalls, goggles, earmuffs and hard hats but they also, surprisingly, need fire-retardant outfits, too, in case they hit an electric cable by mistake.
Such an extensive wardrobe requires a lot of upkeep and Greg was thrilled to receive a Uniform Tax Rebate of more than £400 towards the costs of cleaning his clothes. In fact, it was Dennis’ wife, who works at a care home, who told him about the Uniform Tax Rebate.
“My clothes get so muddy, I should have claimed for a couple of washing machines as well!” he laughs.
How to claim: You can use the handy online calculator below to enter your details and make a claim within five minutes.
Each tax year will be recalculated if you enter a claim. This often identifies other overpayments due to incorrect tax codes, multiple employments, ceasing of job, etc. In these cases we can identify a much larger tax rebate. We regularly identify rebates of over £1,000 for customers who were originally estimated a lower amount.
If you claim now you will receive tax relief for the current tax year and future years that allowances continue to apply, paid through your monthly pay, no charge will be made on future tax relief or refunds.
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We will ensure that your current year reliefs are correct and that your future year allowances are adjusted in line with the current year to ensure you are no longer being overtaxed. There will be no charge calculated for amending your current tax code and you will receive any tax refunds due in the current year and in future years directly.
If you are due a refund in the 4 previous tax years we will receive that refund from HMRC on your behalf and deduct charges in accordance with those quoted on the website prior to making a payment to you.
Standard deduction is 30% + £30, plus VAT, where due on any refund payment HMRC send us before passing payment on to you. Charges are limited to the previous 4 tax years we check and we will not make any deduction on future tax refunds.
If no refund is due the service is FREE to use. If a refund is due standard pricing is 30% + £30, plus VAT, where due on any refund payment HMRC send us before passing payment on to you. The charge is levied on all refunds received from HMRC covered by the claim period (4 previous years) regardless of reason. When entering a claim you agree to legally and unconditionally assign the rights to any refund for the previous 4 years to OTR, when payment is made to us we will forward the residual balance to you net of our agreed fees. On receipt of the form HMRC will manually reconcile (calculate) your tax liability for each year of your claim. If unreconciled differences are present on your taxpayer record for any year these differences may positively or negatively effect your tax liability on top of the effect of any allowances or expenses claimed for. HMRC perform a more basic automatic reconciliation on taxpayer records from April to November in the tax year following the end of each tax year. By submitting your claim you forgo the rights to any benefits that may have been accrued as a result of HMRC performing an automatic reconciliation, from the date your form is received by HMRC.