HMRC Updates list of Professional Memberships where Tax Relief available

2 March 2015

HMRC have produced a list of Professional membership fees and subscriptions for which tax relief is available. Tax relief is available provided that:

  • The organization you pay appears on the HMRC list;
  • You pay the cost rather than your employer;
  • The fee is not for a lifetime membership; and
  • You require membership to do your job or it is helpful to have.

Normally you claim relief on your tax return but if not done so you can claim by calling HMRC. Normally the relief is given through your tax code. Back dated claims can also be made by contacting HMRC if you forgot to claim in prior years.

The full list of Professional Membership fees or subscriptions where tax relief is available is published at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/professional-bodies-approved-for-tax-relief-list-3/approved-professional-organisations-and-learned-societies