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Three-quarters of nurses missing out on tax relief


Over 75% of nurses and midwives are not claiming tax relief on their annual registration fees, the profession’s regulator has found.

Registrants are eligible for £20 tax relief on their annual Nursing and Midwifery Council registration fee of £100. 

The NMC has carried out a survey of 564 registrants on whether they were claiming the tax relief available to them.

As well as finding only 24% were claiming tax relief, the NMC also found only 40% of nurses and midwives were aware that they are entitled to claim it.

Jackie Smith, NMC chief executive and registrar, said: “Every nurse and midwife should be claiming tax relief on their annual registration fees and it is surprising that so few nurses and midwives are receiving what they are entitled to.

“We recognise that the fee increase has increased the financial burden on nurses and midwives, which is why we would encourage all nurses and midwives to claim tax relief on their fees.”

The NMC controversially increased the annual registration fee from £76 to £100 on 1 February, after having to dip into its reserves in 2012-13 to balance a deficit of £8m.

Nurses and midwives are able to claim tax relief on their annual fees through HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), which allows individuals to claim tax relief on professional subscriptions or fees which have to be paid in order for them to carry out their job.

However, tax relief on annual registration fees can only be claimed via the HMRC and is not a process that the NMC can undertake on behalf of nurses and midwives.

The NMC said registrants could claim their tax relief via personal tax returns or by contacting the HMRC via letter, phone or filling in a P180 tax review form.

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Readers' comments (5)

  • Ellen Watters

    I've been a trained nurse since the early 80's and I only found out about this recently.

    It's a fairly straight forward call with the HMRC but tax relief is only backdated for a certain amount of time, so I got a nice cheque for around twenty quid..:/

    Do this ASAP.

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  • It is a shame that no one or union remind nurses of this every year. It just goes to show that no one want to give the nurses any thing but to take from nurses.

    We should all look out for each other. I bet a lot of nurses have lost out on this already.

    What a shame.

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  • 3.23pm above. Sorry you are wrong, I get a form through the post and by email by my union - the GMB - about tax relief.

    Maybe you should join a REAL union and not a royal college.

    But | agree with your sentiment that everyone just wants to take from nurses. With MP's looking for an extra £6k per year plus benefits, they should not be happy to lay back and let us take the blame for the state of the NHS.

    I would walk away from nursing and the awful NMC/6C's/complaining patients' relatives/ridiculously high expectations of a group of people that earn mostly between £21-26k per year; tomorrow if I could.

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  • I agree with the above.

    Abandon the RCN and join a REAL union that supports WORKERS!

    I subscribe to Unison I too get a form every year.

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  • RCN previously send out a form or information about it annually.

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