How to cut your tax bill

9th May 2003 at 01:00
* You can claim tax relief on your union subs, although the percentage varies from union to union. Subscriptions to professional associations such as the Association for Science Education are also tax deductible.

* You can claim for your academic gown and mortar board!

* Rebates for PE kit are also possible, but you must be able to prove that they are essential for your job. The Inland Revenue has said that inspectors should not be "unduly influenced" by the fact that items such as tracksuits and trainers "could conceivably now be regarded as to some extent ordinary civilian clothing".

* You can claim for books to teach A-level or scholarship courses, but you must be able to show that they are "wholly, exclusively and necessarily" for use at work.

* Make sure you keep your receipts.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today