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AUG 14/2013

Nurses reminded to claim tax relief on registration fees

Nurses and midwives are being reminded to claim tax relief on annual registration fees, after a recent survey found that 75 per cent are failing to do so.
According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) sample study of 564 nurses and midwives, the vast majority are not claiming this money back and only 40 per cent are aware that they are entitled to it after paying their registration fees.
The profession's regulator explained that all basic rate UK taxpayers who have midwifery and nursing jobs are eligible for £20 tax relief on their annual registration fee of £100.
This is due to legislation set by HM Revenue and Customs, allowing individuals to claim tax relief on professional subscriptions or fees which must be paid in order for them to work in their chosen career field.
Tax relief can be claimed via the HMRC only and this is not a process with which the NMC can undertake on behalf of its members.
Registrants can claim their tax relief via personal tax returns, filling in a P180 tax review form or contacting the HMRC themselves via letter or phone.
Jackie Smith, chief executive and registrar of the NMC, said that it is imperative that all members realise their eligibility for such tax relief and take the necessary steps required to claim it back.
She recommended: "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."

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