I have a DS license and I have booked onto the CCTV course (PSS). When I pass the course and apply for the license I am aware that I can claim half of the license fee back (£122.50) because it will be my second license. How do I do this and how long should it take?
I believe they changed it so that you just pay half price. ie. you don't have to pay full and then claim back. However your second licence must have more than 4 months to run.
I got my second licence in the days you did have to pay full and then claim back and it was just a matter of writing them a letter with both licence numbers and asking for the money back, then waiting, and waiting, and waiting, then threatening legal action (again) then the cheque arrived
Someone mentioned this the other day, your CCTV licence will be half price but when you renew your DS licence it will be full price same for your CCTV. Don't ask why!!!
ok thanks guys
How about looking on the SIA website for the latest information and quite probably the instructionss..?
you pay half price mate belive me as i have a sia licence app infornt of me and it says it
Call them up and ask how much you need to pay. They will tell you to only pay half the fee.
It's soooooo much better than the first time when I had to ask for half back.
Be careful though, your CIVT licence will be the only one at 50% off. You will always have to pay full price for your first one.
Your first licence is £245 and the second licence is £122.50 as a new application.On renewing the licences I was told that it cost £245 for both then as not a new appilcation for a second licence.
You can claim £60 back per licence when pay the full price on renewal and your first licence only via HMRC.
On the SIA website it mentions that you can claim £60 per licence when paid £245 for it.I suggest you contact your local tax office and they will send you the appropiate form to claim your £60 per licence fee back.
There seems to be a bit of confusion over this so let me try and explain.
VI is an exception which I will explain later.
The first licence you apply for is known as your primary licence, the second one is your secondary.
You pay £245 for your primary licence and the same when you renew.
At one time when you applied for your secondary licence you had to pay £245 up front and then claim half back. This is no longer the case (and hasn't been for some time).
Now when applying for your secondary licence you only send them £122.50. The exception to this is if you have applied for your primary licence and haven't yet been granted it, then you will have to pay £245 up front and then claim half back.
However, your primary licence must have over 4 months left until expiry for you to get a discount on your secondary licence.
If you apply for your primary and secondary licence on the same form then you only have to pay £367.50
So if you have an SG licence already and then apply for a CCTV licence you only have to send them £122.50
If you had an SG licence in 2007, got your CCTV licence in 2008 and are now renewing your SG licence you will have to pay £245, when you renew your CCTV licence next year you will pay £122.50
If you have any licence and then apply for a VI licence you still have to pay £245 for the VI licence. The VI licence will cost £245 every time you apply. However, if you have a VI licence and then apply for another licence, such as SG, you will get the discount on the SG licence and only pay £122.50
The only way I know that you can claim anything from HMRC is that your licence fee counts as a business expense, so if you earn enough to pay tax, then you declare it as a business expense. So you're judged to have made £245 less profit and your tax bill is reduced accordingly.