Claiming Back Emergency Tax

There are a number of reasons why you may have been placed on an emergency tax code. It is not uncommon to be put on an emergency tax code incorrectly and as a result you may overpay tax. If you have overpaid tax because you have been on an emergency tax code you can claim this back in the form of a rebate. There are deadlines on making claims for a tax rebate so make sure that you make your claim before it is too late.

Can Everyone Claim Back Emergency Tax

Not everyone on an emergency tax code can claim this tax back. For example, if you have a second job, this additional source of income should usually be taxed using the tax code BR (another name for the emergency tax code). The reason why second jobs are taxed at this rate is because you should be receiving your tax free allowance in your first job.

How to Claim Back Emergency Tax

At the end of the tax year (April 6th) you can claim back any overpayment of  emergency tax for the previous tax year. If you are working for an employer on the last day of the tax year, they should provide you with a P60 in April or May. Once you have your P60 you can make your claim. Note: If you finished working for your employer before the end of the tax year, you would not receive a P60, you should have been given a P45 when you finished working for your employer and this can be used instead to claim your tax back.

Once the tax year is over and you have your P60 (or P45) you can make your claim. All you need to do to make your claim is to write to write to your local tax office (you should be able to find their address in the Phone Book), including your P60 (or P45) and A covering letter telling them why you are writing to them. Note: That you may need other forms including a P91, P85,P86 if HMRC do not have a complete work history for you or if you are not from the UK or are leaving the country.

Once you have sent your letter to your local tax office refunds should take between 6-8 weeks to process and be sent back to you. During some busy periods, like tax return deadlines, tax offices can be busy and your refund may take longer to process.

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