1. Overview

‘Tax relief’ means that you either:

  • pay less tax to take account of money you’ve spent on specific things, like business expenses if you’re self-employed
  • get tax back or get it repaid in another way, like into a personal pension

You get some types of tax relief automatically - but some you must apply for.

When you can get tax relief

Tax relief applies to pension contributions, charity donations, maintenance payments and time spent working on a ship outside the UK.

It also applies to work or business expenses – you may be able to: