We answer some of the most common questions on claiming tax back when working at sea.
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Possibly. If you work at sea and you are an employee of a UK company who has taken tax from your wages you may be able to claim all of your tax back. You need to have been at sea for more than 183 days and meet some other conditions also.
Anyone that works on a ship is classified as a seafarer. The Inland Revenue specifically states that there is no definition of what is classified as a ship in tax law. However, they do state that any offshore platforms or installations are not counted.
Yes, the time limit to make any claim is 6 years. So if you worked any time as a seafarer within the last 6 years you can still make a claim.
If you are a resident of the UK you can claim a portion of your national insurance contributions back. If you are not a resident and meet certain criteria you may be able to claim more back. To apply and to learn more about this you can view the following page about: claiming a national insurance rebate.