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Claiming tax relief

Income Tax Relief

If a member is a UK tax payer and pays their RTPI subscription themselves (i.e. the cost has not been reclaimed from their employer), it may be possible to claim UK tax relief on the cost of the subscription.

See HMRCs List 3: Deduction for fees and subscriptions paid to professional bodies or learned societies for more details (the RTPI is listed under T as "Town Planning institute, Royal").

Please note that the RTPI cannot give tax advice.  Details of how to contact HM Revenue & Customs to enquire about claiming tax relief on RTPI subscriptions can be obtained from here.

It may be possible to back date the tax relief claim for up to 4 years.  Where a reduced subscription has been paid then only that amount can be claimed.  Late payment charges cannot be claimed.

Members can contact the Subscriptions Team for details of payments made in the last 4 years.  A letter can be provided but HM Revenue & Customs rarely require this.


RTPI Subscriptions are exempt from VAT and therefore no VAT can be recovered on them.

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