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Are professional fees and subscriptions allowable for tax?

I am employed as a teacher and pay several professional fees and subscribe to a few journals such as Educate magazine. Am I entitled to tax relief on these payments?

You can claim tax relief on fees or subscriptions you pay - but only if you must have membership in order to do your job or it's helpful for your work. HMRC maintains a list of approved professional organisations which you can view online here.

You cannot claim tax back on fees or subscriptions you’ve paid to professional organisations not approved by HMRC, or for:

  • life membership subscriptions
  • fees or subscriptions you have not paid for yourself (for example, if your employer has paid for them)

You can make the claim on your tax return if you complete one. Otherwise, there is an option to do it online, by post or over the phone.

If you have multiple years to claim for or would like some support with claiming your expenses, please contact us on 0800 0523 555 or enquire online here to arrange an appointment.

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