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Good Morning. I'm full time employed as a van driver. In October

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Good Morning. I'm full time employed as a van driver. In October 2013 I passed my test for cat C driving licence, in January 2014 I passed ted for cat C+E licence and also drivers CPC.. I've paid nearly GBP4000 for the whole couse. Am I allowed to claim any tax refund for it as this was to improve my skills, sort of education expenses..many thanks
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  TonyTax replied 1 year ago.
Hi.

I'm afraid not. As an employee, you can only make a claim for tax relief for expenses incurred "wholly, exclusively and necessarily" in the performance of your duties for your employer. Had your employer contracted with the course provider and paid for it direct, they would have got tax relief and you would not have been assessed on a benefit.

I'm sorry this is not the answer you were hoping for. Let me know if you have any further questions.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for your answer. Basically if I want to improve my skills there is no help at all..I need to pay for each course myself..shame:( many thanks

Expert:  TonyTax replied 1 year ago.
Short of your employer providing your courses, that's correct, I'm afraid.

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