Reclaiming your tax

The College of Optometrists is an HMRC approved professional body. If you are a UK taxpayer, and you self-fund your membership, you can claim back the tax on your fee.

Higher rate tax-payers paying the full membership fee may be entitled to tax relief of £126, while basic rate tax-payers may be able to claim back £63. 

You can claim for the current tax year (6 April 2022 to 5 April 2023) and the four previous tax years.

How to claim

You can submit a claim at You will need a Government Gateway user ID and password. Creating a Government Gateway ID usually takes about 10 minutes: it works best if you have to hand:

  • your National Insurance number
  • a recent payslip or P60 or a valid UK passport.

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