Around 70% of nurses and midwives are missing out on over £170 a year in tax relief on their annual registration fee and other professional expenses, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Nurses and midwives are eligible to claim tax relief on the NMC annual registration fee which at the current fee level of £100 is worth £20 per year.
They are also able to claim for professional subscriptions, such as membership of a royal college, laundering of their uniforms, and for tights and shoes purchased as part of their uniform.
Nurses and midwives can claim £100 for laundering of uniforms provided their employer does not provide them with free laundry facilities/cleaning vouchers. They can also claim £6 per year for tights and £12 per year for shoes, as long as they meet the prescribed conditions on colour and style.
“For many nurses and midwives this can be worth up to £177 per year,” said Jackie Smith, chief executive and registrar of the NMC.
A recent survey by the NMC also found that 70% of nurses and midwives are not claiming tax relief while only 50% were aware that they could claim tax relief. The regulator polled 354 nurses and midwives in the issue between January and March.
Nurses and midwives are able to claim tax relief through HM Revenue and Customs.
Those who have not previously claimed can also claim tax relief for up to the previous four tax years.