Pilot Tax Refund

Can I claim a pilot tax refund?

The highest refund to date in the airlines & cabin crew sector is £1,017.15!*

*This figure is based on the highest refund recovered so far in this sector. Your actual refund amount may differ.



Pilots are entitled to claim tax relief on certain work related expenses in addition to claiming a tax rebate on the cost of washing their work uniform (if applicable). Pilots can also claim a tax rebate on fees paid to certain unions and professional bodies. 


Work Uniform

Uniforms include high-vis vests, and ‘company branded uniforms’ eg a polo shirt and/or fleece displaying the name of the school. Provided that your employer does not provide on-site facilities to wash your uniform, you are entitled to claim a uniform washing allowance.


Union Fees & Memberships

Monthly/yearly contributions to your union/professional body may be tax deductible which means you can claim back a portion of your fees as a tax refund. There are thousands of unions/professional bodies in the UK that qualify for tax relief, provided they are approved by the tax office and form part of their ‘List 3’.


Expenses & Mileage

Buying, repairing or replacing small tools you need to do your job are tax deductible.  You can also claim a tax rebate on repairing or replacing specialist clothing.

A mileage deduction may be claimed for business mileage incurred. Meals and accommodation (business travel) may also be tax deductible depending on the nature of the expense.

Illustrative example of a Pilot who applies for a tax refund:

Pilot Tax RefundCPT Martin Edwards is a pilot for Airlines UK and has been employed in the same job for the last 2 years. He wears a pilot uniform to work. In addition he bought a pair of sunglasses and a flight case which cost £800.

He completes his pilot tax rebate application online and receives a refund of £569 a few weeks later that enables him to buy a new iPad!

Below is a breakdown of his refund – as per HMRC legislation, he was able to claim back tax for the last FOUR years:

UNIFORM (£1022 x 2 x 20%) £409
EXPENSES (800 x 20%) £160

Get your instant estimate below

Calculate your tax refund estimate by completing the fields below. This estimate is based on the average pay out that previous customers from the Airlines & Cabin Crew sector have received over the last year.

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